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Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:08 pm
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[personal profile] battlehamster is off to a weekend larp event. Kheldar is absolutely convinced that if he guards the luggage his human won't be able to leave him. This is guarding. Really. Nothing is going to get past this cat.

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Jun. 21st, 2017 09:51 pm
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Things you don't normally expect to deal with when you have Raynauds? Heat rash.

My body is trolling me. On the plus side, my usual collection of poor circulation aches and pains are non-existent right now. And of the two things, heat rash is so very much easier to treat.

Sadly for me the temperature is due to drop tonight. Kheldar is likely to be unhappy about this too but at least we got a glorious few days of hot summer sunshine. It's due to rain as well and the garden will be very glad of that.

ETA: Kheldar just arrived and rubbed his very wet head around my legs. Normally this indicates that it is raining outside. It is not raining outside. Only the front half of the cat is wet. He has clearly Had An Adventure.

Poké-ramblings

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:04 pm
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One other advantage of the current burst of hot weather is that I've been more willing to get out and about for a stroll at lunch time and since it's hot and dry rather than hot and rainy that means more Pokémon hunting. I've found a couple more new-to-me Pokémon in the last week one of which was a result of the current Solstice event and one of which was a happy random find after walking round the back of my work building and setting off to explore the small green area that I could see from the window of one of the classrooms.

There seems to have been a change in local spawning locations as well, which has made the walk into work slightly less predictable than it has been... and it looks like one of the Pokéstops in Cabot Circuit is about to become a gym. Which may encourage me to participate in the gym end of the game a little bit more since it's under cover and can therefore be battled over even when it's raining.

Kheldar cares about none of this and continues to attempt some form of patrol duty even in the heat. It's funny when there's a breeze because his tail perks up and then the rest of the cat perks up and he positively bounces off into the garden. He seems to be mostly enjoying the weather now despite that fur coat of his. The balcony door is open most of the time which means that he can sit in the shade of the doorway and sniff at his garden without having to exert any effort at all.

Loyal Companion

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:24 pm
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It is so beautifully hot here. People in the office keep complaining that it is too hot and then going out sit in the park at lunch during the hottest part of the day. I'm loving it though.

Kheldar is torn between wanting bask in the sun and wanting not to have a fur coat. We've put extra water bowls outside for him and yesterday [personal profile] battlehamster was kind enough to keep him company on the balcony.

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We chose the right year to buy a bench for the balcony :)

Where did I put my shell?

Jun. 17th, 2017 11:25 pm
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I have done all the social things. All of them. And it was fun. But I really need to hide for a bit now.

Yesterday evening I went to the theatre for the first time in... maybe a decade? We met up for dinner first and then we saw Kirk vs Ming, which was silly, ridiculous, loved it's source material, and poked at some of the problems with said source material in a comedy-making-a-point kind of way. The less said about what Ming wears under his robes the better ;)

Today I've spent time at [personal profile] keziath's place sorting through larp kit and briefly met one of her new cats, who was thoroughly offended to find a strange human in the living room. Then I got to go to an epic BBQ where I caught up with friends old and new, had some fantastic veggie food, and was briefly warm enough for all my background aches to go away.

We came home to find Special Agent Kheldar on guard. He's clearly had a tiring day as well because having carefully checked that both of his humans were now present and correct he promptly sprawled out at the bottom of the bed and went to sleep. I'm not quite sure where I'm supposed to sleep since he's right where my feet should be...

The Only Way Is Up

Jun. 15th, 2017 07:15 pm
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Wednesday Already

Jun. 14th, 2017 03:47 pm
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I've spent the working week trying to get to grips with all the new processes associated with creating and uploading our classroom training builds to run in the cloud. My main contribution to yesterday's training session with Manager and Team Leader was, "We need to write a process document for that." Which I got to say nearly every time a team process was discussed in context of the new stuff. We have not been very good at documenting some parts of our processes in the past and now the holes in the documentation are very visible.

On the plus side I've been grumbling about that for years and it now looks like I'm finally going to get my way on the documentation front. Team Leader and I have two days booked in at the end of the month to Document All The Things. This will make things much, much easier next time we get a new team member or next time a current team member has to take on new responsibilities.

In sunnier news the Pokémon Go Solstice event start has coincided with a properly dry and sunny day here. I got three Houndours on the way into work, having previously not seen one at all. There are more Cynquadils about than usual too and I have high hopes of catching enough to gain the requisite candy for evolving one. And I unexpectedly caught a Totordile today as well :)

Reading

Jun. 13th, 2017 09:31 pm
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My reading brain hasn't been entirely functional this year and I have a bad habit of buying ebook bundles and the like, which means that my Kindle reading backlog was looking like the equivalent of two or three shelves of unread books at one point. So I've banned myself from buying any more books until I've read my way through the backlog and so far that seems to be working.

I may break the No New Books rule for the Laundry Files though. Having finished the second volume I'm feeling mildly enthused about the series. I liked the twist in the tale, I really like Mo as a character, and I actually managed to catch one of the geek jokes as it sailed past (I tend to be slow on the uptake with that kind of thing). But then I was introduced to the BOFH long before it dawned on me that I might enjoy working with computers :)

I'm definitely going to need something lighter to read after the current Irvine Welsh book that's for sure. I'm really not in the right head space for that one but I've started it now, so I'll keep on trundling through.

Entertaining Parents

Jun. 10th, 2017 11:38 pm
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My parents have been to Bristol for a short visit. It's the first time Mum's left Manchester since her cancer was officially declared as in remission. She and Dad popped in to see my still-quite-new-work-location on Friday morning. The plan was to have dinner with them on Friday evening, which mostly worked apart from the bit where a classroom setup went wrong and I only just got to dinner on time and then had to go back into work afterwards. But it was a very nice dinner.

Today we took them on the open top bus tour of the city. It was very windy and I learned a few things that I hadn't previously known about my adopted city. Both parents seem to enjoy it too.

Then Mum went for a rest and some shopping and house cleaning happened before [personal profile] battlehamster went and picked them up again for dinner at ours. We've caught up on family news, talked about space travel and self-driving cars and managed to discuss politics without anyone being rude or angry at each other. Victory!

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