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Sunday - Elf M. Sternberg
I had to go to work today. That sucked. After running down to the store to buy the girls some donuts for breakfast, Omaha and I did some of the household paperwork that seems to pile up eternally, and then I drove into town, worried that I was going to be spending the better part of the day there.

As it turned out, all of my patches had been accepted by the code review team and no new bugs had opened up over the weekend, so I was able to do all the paperwork for each bug. The paperwork is insane: once I find the bug, I make a patch. I submit the patch to the reviewers. I wait for it come back. If it's accepted, I then apply the patch to a clean branch, re-install the branch, and run the unit test. If it's good, I submit the clean branch to the repository. I then have to clear the review from its queue, clear the patch from its queue, update bugzilla (a major task in itself), update the quality assurance notification file, then update the status on the internal wiki. There's a lot there that should be automated. The paperwork alone is about twelve minutes. So, it took me an hour to get it all done.

I got home in time to be tasked with making egg salad sandwiches and doing more paperwork while Omaha took the girls to the park. When they got back, Omaha and I fragged briefly (that is, played Quake) and I won this time (yay!) before we resumed our outdoor housework. We managed to corral the girls outside too for some vitamin D time. Kouryou-chan went readily but Yamaraashi-chan is nose-deep into the Xanth series (*sigh* I may not be able to get her to read something else for a while). I mowed, weaseled and seeded the front lawn, then cleared out the brush and did the back lawn under the orchard. The pear tree Omaha cut down last year is trying to come back; there are fresh shoots coming out of the stump. We'll have to pull that sucker soon. The apple tree, too. Poor apple tree. So loved, I wish we could do more for it, but it's fallen over and bent down.

I also cleared our deck and scrubbed down the grill (man, that was yuck!) for the first grilled dinner of the year. Hamburgers, of course, but I also tried something new: I made thick-sliced potatoes and parboiled them for ten minutes before oiling them and putting them to the flame. They were crisped on the outside but soft and mushy the way fries ought to be. Needless to say, the kids hated them. They weren't store-bought french fries. Whatever.

After dinner, Omaha kicked my butt in another round of Quake. The girls had ice cream. They complained mightily about bathing, but were patient while I brushed the knots out of their hair after they washed. And they went to sleep with relatively little difficulty.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Redemption, Sapphire

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orcaarrow From: orcaarrow Date: April 30th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
If she's liking the Xanth series may i suggest the Incantations of Immortality series?
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 2nd, 2007 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd have to _not_ suggest that one. Very very talky, particularly the later books (where 2/3 of the book is a recap of the prior two books). The Phase books are ok, though. I wouldn't suggest the Mode books.

Maybe the Tortall books or Circle of Magic books by Tamora Pierce? Some of Diana Wynne Jones's books? Diane Duane's first few Wizard books are also good at that reading level.
woggie From: woggie Date: May 1st, 2007 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Omaha is getting quite good at kicking your butt in Quake.

Clearly I must download Quake and find out if I, too, can have my butt kicked in Quake by your lovely wife. :)
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