Wow, I apparently didn't post in October. Here are some things.|
Work was good. I wrangled a big release of our web site, and it went well, and I felt like I contributed useful ideas towards improving the process, which I've now begun implementing.
A bunch of volleyball things. I joined someone else's team in the Monday West Newton Intermediate league, which has been ok. I like the towers for ref-ing, and the level of play, but the location isn't as convenient, and our team in particular is not very good, in part because we've had a lot of subs and haven't gotten used to each other yet. One of the reasons our Wednesday team does well is that we *have* gotten used to each other, so e.g. we all know how to cover for the flaws in my game, we know who are our power hitters and who are our finesse hitters, we know when we've got two blockers and when only one, etc. Monday still feels more like a pickup game than like a team, which means losing a lot of games when you're playing against teams who do know what they're doing. :^)
The Tuesday team is an entirely different cast from the spring season, and mostly different from the winter season too: One of the original Big Dig group, one of the guys who's been playing regularly on Tuesdays, someone from a team who we've played *against* a bunch but which sort of dissolved I guess, a co-worker, and two women from the indie (players looking for teams) list. It's been a bit rocky, due to the still-getting-used-to-each-other problem, but they played really well last week, and we'll see what it turns into. (I only sub on Tuesdays, still.)
Wednesday has been great, a consistent lineup of players who are right for this level (except me, but hey), good attitudes, lots of fun.
The kids have been great. They started school, and like it. Junie graduated from "Penguins" swim class, and has now started "Dolphins", which involves more being in the deep end of the pool, and an implication that she can actually swim, which I suppose she sort of can. :^) She's now doing that on Mondays after school, and Shotokan on Wednesdays after school, and today went to Shotokan again (most kids go twice a week) since swimming isn't on Saturday any more, so she's like acquiring activities and stuff. And is generally astonishingly mature and smart and thoughtful, and a good little bug. Quentin is also still doing swimming, at the "water babies" level, but today we found that he's actually almost tall enough to stand at the very shallowest part of the shallow end, so he may be moving up to "Fish" (the first/youngest no-parent-in-the-water class) in the spring. He loves it, and is much more daring than she was at that age -- he'll jump in of the side and grab onto a floating barbell thing, without me catching him or holding his hand or anything.
Halloween was fun. There are probably pictures somewhere.
Trader Joe's has gluten-free pumpkin pancake mix now. No one in our household minds gluten, but the pumpkin pancake mix is one of our favorite things of all time there, so if you've been wishing you could try it, but are gluten-free, this might be exciting news. (Or maybe not everyone else is as weekend-morning-breakfast-centric as us. :^)
I've been listening to podcasts in the car on my commute, including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and Escape Pod. I'd like to jot down notes about stories I listen to, so I can remember more things about them, but haven't been, but perhaps I'll start, or go back, or whatever.
At work, we've been watching videos from the Velocity conference, mostly about devops stuff, and someone had a quote "The opposite of DevOps is despair." Actually, it's "spoved", but I really like that, and think we should promote the use of this term. "Aw man, we didn't have that file in our repo, and now we're totally spoved."
I hope to start posting daily again now.