November 2014

Summary: Dinner at Chez Panisse; hospital stay at Stanford; surgery recovery; Thanksgiving at home.

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Sat 1

We drove to Berkeley. Patrick and I walked around downtown Berkeley and purchased pastries while Tina met with Jenny separately. Dinner at Chez Panisse with Patrick, Tina, and Jenny.

Sun 2

Breakfast: pastries. Tina, Patrick, and I drove to the Peninsula. Checked into Pacific Inn. Complimentary snacks in the lobby: nachos and popcorn. We walked around downtown Redwood City. Dinner at Quinto Sol (650-365-5765, 2201 Broadway Street, Redwood City) with Patrick and Tina.

Mon 3

Hospital stay at Stanford. Public wifi required no password and was easy to use. Speeds were 3.52 Mbps down and 7.32 Mbps up: decent.

Tue 4

Hospital stay at Stanford. Watched Iron Man 3.

Wed 5

Hospital stay at Stanford. Rewatched Gravity and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Thu 6

Hospital stay at Stanford.

Fri 7

Hospital stay at Stanford.

Sat 8

Hospital stay at Stanford. Rewatched Hugo. Changed hospital units. In the new unit, internet was difficult or impossible to connect. My fourth-generation iPad would not connect until I manually removed the previous unit's wifi network name and manually configured the new access point name and password using WEP. However, speeds were very good: 17.45 Mbps down and 15.90 Mbps up—significantly better than in the previous unit. My iPhone 3GS would not connect at all when following the same procedure that worked for the 4th-gen iPad. Watched part of Singin' in the Rain but was interrupted by a nurse and there was no pause button on the remote control. When I later returned to the film it started from the beginning, so I gave up on it. Rewatched Skyfall.

Sun 9

Hospital stay at Stanford. Rewatched Amelie. PDDRQD visit and bring a potted orchid and bamboo for me.

Mon 10

Checked out of hospital stay at Stanford. Lunch at P.F. Chang's with Patrick: short ribs, chicken salad, crispy prawns, white and brown rice, coconut cooler for Patrick. My fortunes: Adjust finances and make budgets to improve your financial standing; You could prosper in the field of medicine. Patrick's fortune: Your mind is quick and sharp. Do something dramatic. Patrick drove us to San Francisco. We dropped stuff off at home, then ran errands: prescriptions at Kaiser French Campus (75 minutes), Walgreens on Noriega. Home. I napped. Dinner at home with Patrick: P.F. Chang's leftovers. Dessert: amaretti, chamomile tisane. Rejoined Amazon Prime after some difficulty, Tina C resolved the problem in online chat.

Tue 11

Pre-breakfast at home: mini yogurt parfait with granola, dried blackberry, dried apple, granola, and blackberry preserves; hot water. Breakfast at home with Patrick: two eggs over easy, two hash browns, one biscuit with butter, hot tea. Surgery recovery activities all day. Nap. Lunch: Whole Foods deli chicken noodle soup, leftover combo pizza slice, leftover chinese chicken salad. Home health nurse Christine visits. Dinner at home with Patrick: cavatelli with truffle and mushrooms in cream sauce. Watched part of The Lone Ranger (2013) on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Wed 12

Breakfast: granola with yogurt and fresh, diced apple; hot water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Wrote a thank you card. Lunch: half turkey sandwich, tortilla chips. New bathroom scale arrived, required for surgery recovery activities. Dinner at home with Patrick: tacos, Patrick's homemade ginger tisane. Finished watching The Lone Ranger (2013) on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Thu 13

Breakfast: oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh, diced pear; hot water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Lunch: pistachios, two biscuits with leftover ground beef from tacos last night; water. An extremely beautiful flower arrangement arrives courtesy of the OSACA; I am blown away. Dinner at home with Patrick: orange roast chicken with root vegetables, water. Watched about 49 minutes of Terminator 2: Judgment Day Director's Cut on Amazon Instant Video with Patrick.

Fri 14

Breakfast at home: egg and cheddar on english muffin, water, prune juice. Surgery recovery activities all day. Lunch: half ham and cheddar sandwich, water. Archived medical paperwork. Dinner at home with Patrick: chicken rice soup. Finished watching Terminator 2: Judgment Day Director's Cut on Amazon Instant Video with Patrick.

Sat 15

Woke at 3:45 am and couldn't sleep. Ate asian pear and a satsuma mandarin, then later granola with yogurt. Surgery recovery activities all day. Breakfast: leftover chicken rice soup, water. Archived medical paperwork. Kaiser emergency room visit with Patrick. Small meal after returning home: half blt club sandwich from Starbucks, a little bit of orange-tangerine juice. Dinner at home with Patrick: latkes followed by leftover chicken rice soup, water. Watched clips on YouTube.

Sun 16

Breakfast: oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh, diced apple. Surgery recovery activities all day. Lunch: ham and cheddar half sandwich, cup of butternut squash soup. We increased the number of DVDs in our Netflix subscription from one to two today. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Alice Chinese Bistro which delivered in 56 minutes. My fortune: One should not forget the language of gratitude. Lucky numbers: 43, 38, 25, 23, 10, 2. Watched X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Mon 17

Patrick took me to a Kaiser lab visit, then we returned home. Breakfast at home: egg whites and cheddar on english muffin, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Finished reading Robert Crais's Suspect, liked it. Lunch: leftover soup, water. Finished watching X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Tue 18

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh, diced apple, 4 ounces of prune juice, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Doctor appointment. Kaiser emergency room visit with Patrick. Snack: turkey sandwich on white bread provided by the emergency room, orange juice, water. No more meals for me today.

Wed 19

Breakfast: yogurt with a sprinkle of granola, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Archived medical paperwork. Watched Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction on Amazon Instant Video. Lunch: a slice of leftover pizza, water. Nap. Snack: popcorn: Rewatched part of The Fifth Element (1997) on Amazon Instant Video with Patrick. Dinner at home with Patrick: pork chops; spiced, grilled carrots, water.

Thu 20

Patrick took me to a Kaiser lab visit (null), then we returned home. Breakfast at home: egg and cheddar on english muffin, one sliced apple, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Snack: sweet corn and green chile tamale, water. Finished watching The Fifth Element (1997) on Amazon Instant Video with Patrick. Lunch: half roast turkey and gouda sandwich, water. Snack: half peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Home health nurse Alexis visits. Dinner at home with Patrick: rigatoni with grilled vegetables in pesto and marinara, water.

Fri 21

Patrick took me to a Kaiser lab visit (success), then we returned home. Breakfast at home: egg and cheddar on english muffin, one sliced apple, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Lunch: leftover rigatoni, water. Archived medical paperwork. Snack: sweet corn and green chile tamale, water. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Jitra Thai in 43 minutes: musmun curry, pork pad thai, coconut juice, thai iced tea. Watched part of Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Created a SpiderOak account and installed the desktop application.

Sat 22

Breakfast at home: egg and gouda on english muffin, one mandarin orange, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Lunch: leftover pork pad thai, homebrewed ginger tisane with ollalieberry honey. Continued watching Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Dinner at home with Patrick: mostly vegetarian sushi from Ninki which delivered in 25 minutes.

Sun 23

Woke around 2 AM and couldn't sleep. Organized browser bookmarks. Surgery recovery activities all day. Small meal: leftover vegetarian sushi. Found an old three-ring binder full of Google maps and directions to places I had been. This is how people managed this information before the iPhone existed. Set all these documents in the pile of things to be shredded. Nap. Small meal: blueberry-apple granola with fresh, diced pink lady apple and soy milk; water. Small meal: leftover sushi. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: pappardelle with green pesto and grilled red onions. Watched Mulan: Special Edition (1998) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Began playing the original 10 levels of Monument Valley today.

Mon 24

Breakfast: one mandarin orange, one pancake. Surgery recovery activities all day. Finished playing the original 10 levels of Monument Valley today. Lunch at home with Patrick: half club sandwich, tater tots, water. Snack: one mandarin orange. Began playing Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores. Serpent Lake (ii) is particularly wonderful. Dinner at home with Patrick: pear vinegar grilled salmon, coconut and walnut sweet potato. Continued watching Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.

Tue 25

Pre-breakfast: granola with soy milk, water. Patrick took me to a Kaiser lab visit. Breakfast at home: egg and cheddar on english muffin, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Tried to get AirDrop to move an image from my 4th-gen iPad to my iMac. It wouldn't work no matter what I tried. Gave up after a long time. What finally worked was on the iPad selecting photos, choosing Share, then choosing Save. After that, the photos appeared when I opened Image Capture on my iMac. Lunch at home with Patrick: half chicken deli meat sandwich with cheddar, sliced pear. Played more of Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores. The levels just keep getting better. It's amazing! Dinner at home with Patrick: porcini-truffle ravioli with grilled gourmet mushrooms and italian chicken sausage, water. Watched part of Muppets Most Wanted on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Wed 26

Breakfast at home: egg and cheddar on english muffin, water. Surgery recovery activities all day. Updated Drupal 6 core for Patrick's website. Archived documents. Two Kaiser office visits. Stopped at Starbucks for refreshment and my birthday reward. Sent Kaiser paperwork to UCSF HR. Snack: one sliced apple. Archived documents (mostly recipes). Dinner at home with Patrick: Chinese food delivery from Tsing's which delivered in 16 minutes. The item called Original Peking Style Spaghetti turned out spicy but wasn't specified as spicy when we ordered it. Everything else we liked very much: potstickers, dragon-phoenix (seafood) soup, cashew nut chicken, mu shu pork, fried crab cheese puff. Patrick's fortune: Consume less. Share More. Enjoy life. My fortune: Conquer your fears. Otherwise your fears will conquer you. Finished watching Muppets Most Wanted on Netflix DVD with Patrick. So much silliness, lots of great cameos.

Thu 27

Breakfast at home: leftover cashew chicken with white steamed rice. Surgery recovery activities all day. Thanksgiving at home with Patrick, Mom Ryan, and Sam and almost entirely prepared food from Good Eggs. Nap. Watched season 1 episode 1 of Sealab 2021. Watched Star Trek: Voyager "Caretaker" parts 1 and 2 with Patrick on Netflix instant watch. Finished playing Monument Valley Forgotten Shores. Level viii was really hard. Played Monument Valley Ida's (RED) Dream.

Fri 28

Breakfast at home: leftover chinese food. Surgery recovery activities all day. Patrick took me to a Kaiser lab visit. Meal: leftover chinese food. Meal: leftover thanksgiving food. Nap. Snacks: tortilla chips, prunes, pistachios, water. Watched Thank You For Smoking on Netflix DVD with Patrick. I had forgotten we saw this film on June 27, 2008. Dinner: Patrick made me a half turkey sandwich. Dessert: one slice of leftover pumpkin pie with whipped cream from a can.

Sat 29

Archived documents. Breakfast at home: leftover chinese food. Surgery recovery activities all day. Nap. Lunch: leftover chinese food. Watched The Unbelievers (2013) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Small meal: leftover chinese food: seafood soup. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers. Watched season 6 episode 21 of Star Trek: Voyager "Live Fast and Prosper" on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.

Sun 30

Breakfast: leftover chinese food. Surgery recovery activities all day. Lunch: turkey and cheddar half sandwich, tortilla chips. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Americana Grill: bun thit nuong cha gio with chicken, com bo nuong, two thai iced teas. Watched 1 hour and 15 minutes of The Trip (2010) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick.