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January 26, 2004

Another Snow Day

UNC is closed, the weblogs seminar has been rescheduled. The only question at this point is whether or not we'll be shut down tomorrow as well.

Not that it matters to me. I can work from home, and have, earning valuable comp time to sock away for future vacations in between changing diapers, showing a toddler how to use the printer, and putting out birdseed.

I'm going to appreciate those twelve minutes, some day.

Not that the above activities went unappreciated, especially by the avians. They have jammed the feeders today. A flock of mourning doves, an annoyance of house finches, a wonderwherethegunis of grackles--all the common visitors. The weather has also driven some of the more uncommon species out of their normal haunts and up to the house--pine and yellow-rumped warblers, a bluebird family, towhees and fox sparrows that would normally lurk along the woodline, even a pair of red-winged blackbirds and a red-headed woodpecker, neither of which had ever shown up at the feeder before. Evening Grosbeaks are the really the only species I could reasonably expect to show up that hasn't yet.

It would've been nice to know, 20 years ago, that I could look forward to a career where 90% of it could take place at the kitchen table, cup of tea on one side of the computer, bird book and binoculars on the other. Not that I worried about such things then, or really ten years after that, but it might have had a calming effect. Very civilized, such a career. I probably wouldn't have dropped that Pascal class, either.


We've managed to get Ngnat and Scotty M to take a nap at the same time for the second day in a row, through sheer luck rather than any particular plan. If they both make it to three in the afternoon before waking it will be a red letter day indeed. Both seemed happy to have me home--Ngnat repeatedly asked if I was going to work today, shouting "Yah!" when I finally convinced her I was not, and Scotty gurgled pleasantly at me between raspberries.

He likes raspberries a great deal. Along with a kind of sharp, high-pitched barking, it's his primary means of communication, though one apt to be messy when done with a mouthful of strained peas. He spent most of the morning more or less underfoot in the computer room, as I did what I could with a remote server or two and Ngnat played with MS Paint on the now incredibly obselete Windows 98 box. It also has a Keyboard Pounder I downloaded for her a couple of years ago. She's outgrown it since, but Scotty M has filled the vacant role of keypounding, droolspewing maniac admirably since. I've been meaning to wipe everything off the box and install Linux on it for a while, but the two between them spend far more time on it now than I ever would, so I think I'll leave it as is.

Maybe I'll install King's Quest on it while Ngnat takes her nap, she might be of an age to enjoy that now. In the meantime, have some Ngnat art.

Variations On A Theme By Kandinsky, #1*

*This is not what she actually titled the piece. I translated it from the title she gave me, which went something like. "Monkeyjoy Brownie Hand."

Posted by Bigwig at January 26, 2004 01:57 PM | TrackBack
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The link to the Keyboard Pounder is typoed.

Posted by: Eric Jablow at January 26, 2004 04:41 PM

Thanks Eric. Fixed

Posted by: bigwig at January 26, 2004 04:48 PM

Do you know if Keyboard Pounder will run on Linux? We've an old laptop that we let the grandson muck around with since there's nothing important on it for him to break/delete. But it's running RedHat (for us to muck around with).

Posted by: Rita at January 27, 2004 08:18 AM