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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-17 06:43
Subject: In which we start the morning by starting the generator
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Tags:joys of homeowning
Not my favorite task, but the little generator starts easily enough and I can take a shower to get the smell out of my hair. I actually phoned in the outage (and had the joy of being warned that I was a first reporter and would be charged if the problem was "my equipment") and waited half an hour in case it was temporary. Then I ran out things I could do to get ready for work without power and fired up the generator. And then I had to get out the ipad to tell the internet, like you do.

Ps. Shine was quite puzzled that I was wandering around the house in the dark with a flashlight. Also, the local utiliy's website is currently reporting outages in 18% of their customers in my town.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-16 07:38
Subject: Buoyed by our success ...
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Tags:dog training, shine
... at dog school and having regained some function in my wrists/hands, I decided to take Shine with me to the pet store to buy dog food. We haven't been to a store in a while and it turns out we need a lot more practice.

Walking calmly from the car to the store provided our first challenge. While we were working on this, various people were interested in greeting Shine (and were wonderfully polite about asking). My response: "Once she's sitting, you're welcome to come say hi," after which I spent what seemed like ages insisting that "sit" means "sit" while NOT actually saying "sit, sit, sit," to a very wiggly puppy.

At one point, a Helpful Bystander(TM) tried telling Shine to sit for me, and I'm pleased that I was able to respond cheerfully, "Please don't do that. When you tell a dog that's not listening to you to sit, the word becomes meaningless and the command doesn't work." Eventually we did achieve calm sitting and saying hi to friendly strangers, but clearly I need to take her out again soon.

When we finally got into the store, she was better and I got some really nice sit stays and attentive heeling from her, especially since a puppy class* was just finishing up and there were lots of other dogs there. She was fascinated by the fishes and the birds which were at eye level with her. She largely ignored the rescue cats who were slightly above her eye level and behind glass and clearly had no love whatsoever of dogs. We didn't go very close to them because I figure their lives are stressful enough.

I had another brilliant moment when I realized that although even my best treats weren't more interesting than pallets of dog food and tanks of fish, I didn't really need food rewards: Shine's reward for sit stays could actually be getting to go sniff food bags and look at fishes. Everybody wins. Yay for canine learning theory!

*Our dog school is part of a canine training/boarding/grooming center, but most of the pet stores in our area also offer basic classes.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-13 21:39
Subject: In which Shine is a superstar
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Tags:dog school, dog training, shine
We went to dog school despite my left hand being practically unusable -- textbook case of carpal tunnel that seems to be responding to keeping my wrist straight -- which means I had to rely on her responsiveness to voice commands and high-value food treats to an extreme degree in a fairly challenging environment (if she'd really wanted to take off and play with another dog or go after a squeaky-toy, I would not have been physically able to stop her*). I'm quite proud of both of us for pulling it off.

*I let my trainer and her assistants know as soon as I arrived so that they could help me if I needed it. I turned out not to need it. :)

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-12 18:55
Subject: Adding insult to injury
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Tags:fezzik, shine, stupid human tricks
I really hurt my hands and wrists -- no more chiseling without hammers for me -- which are still bruised and sore and complain basically whenever I do anything. I've been trying to rest them and take anti-inflammitories, but it turns out I'm not very good at either of those options.

Then, because the weather has been so nice, I tried to take Shine outside to practice for school and ended up with rope burns from the 50-ft cotton training line, so I have been soaking my hands in an 8-cup plastic container of cold water. Which the dogs have decided is the best water in the house, never mind that they each have buckets of fresh water haning in their (open) crates and there are two supplemental bowls in the kitchen. They seem quite happy to have me hold "their" water in my lap, though they seem to have trouble believing I don't realize I should be taking my hands out while they are drinking.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-11 12:38
Subject: 1:6-scale TARDIS
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Tags:crafts, doctor who, sixth scale, tardis
I spent a good deal of time hand-carving a compartment inside the roof with a set of chisels. Although the pine shavings smelled great and the work was not unpleasant while I was at it, this turned out to have not been a very good idea: my hands are sore and I seem to have pinched a nerve in my arm. :(

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-08 21:10
Subject: 1:6-scale Tardis
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I shaved down the quarter round with an X-acto and completed the first application of wood filler which I'm letting set up thoroughly before sanding and adding more filler. The stepped part of the roof is made of solid blocks of wood and I am debating cutting a battery compartment into it and then using screws to attach the stepped part to the plywood top of the interior. I'm planning on leaving the completed roof removable from the rest of the TARDIS, since it fits snugly as it is.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-08 16:19
Subject: It is snowing
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Right now.

*sigh*

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-08 07:36
Subject: 50 Books 2015-18: I Shall Wear Midnight (audiobook)
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Tiffany Aching book 4
by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-07 18:52
Subject: 1:6-scale Tardis
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Tags:crafts, doctor who, sixth scale, tardis
I just glued the quarter round to the major gaps in the roof. I'll let it set for at least 24 hours before paring it down and applying filler to the rest of the gaps.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2015-04-07 18:22
Subject: 50 Books 2015-17: Uncle Dynamite (audiobook)
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Uncle Fred book 2
by P.G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil

Wodehouse is very good at what he does and Uncle Fred is a terrifying mythomaniac, who, fortunately, seems mostly to operate along chaotic good lines, albeit with a hearty dose of self-interest.

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