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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6930 on: May 04, 2019, 02:24:32 AM »
It’s still Friday here, so here are my Five:

1. Only 3 full days left before I fly home to the UK. Tonight is my last night shift here, and I only have one more shift after this (Monday day shift).

2. However, it’s looking like my flight on Tuesday may have to delay a few hours due to turbulent winds :(.

3. I had to move into a transit room a couple of days ago as my replacement arrives this evening and has to move into my room. Unfortunately, the transit room has no accessible WiFi, so I have to go to the coffee shop or officer’s mess to get online :(. Also, the room is not en-suite and I have to use communal (unisex) toilets and showers, where there’s a sliding sign on the door to say whether there is a female or male occupant in there... and that is the only thing keeping other people out - the doors don’t even lock (though there are toilet cubicles) and the shower stalls just have curtains. Needless to say, I’m mostly showering in the gym changing rooms!

4. I am almost done with my Falklands Challenge. I have completely 554km on the bike and 60km in the pool... just 20km left to cycle and 2km left to swim in the next 2 days :).

5. I’m getting excited for the new Veronica Mars revival miniseries which is released on Hulu in late July :). Oh, as season 4 of Lucifer is released in Netflix on the day I arrive home :).


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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6931 on: May 04, 2019, 04:44:16 AM »
It’s still Friday here, so here are my Five:

1. Only 3 full days left before I fly home to the UK. Tonight is my last night shift here, and I only have one more shift after this (Monday day shift).

2. However, it’s looking like my flight on Tuesday may have to delay a few hours due to turbulent winds :(.

3. I had to move into a transit room a couple of days ago as my replacement arrives this evening and has to move into my room. Unfortunately, the transit room has no accessible WiFi, so I have to go to the coffee shop or officer’s mess to get online :(. Also, the room is not en-suite and I have to use communal (unisex) toilets and showers, where there’s a sliding sign on the door to say whether there is a female or male occupant in there... and that is the only thing keeping other people out - the doors don’t even lock (though there are toilet cubicles) and the shower stalls just have curtains. Needless to say, I’m mostly showering in the gym changing rooms!

4. I am almost done with my Falklands Challenge. I have completely 554km on the bike and 60km in the pool... just 20km left to cycle and 2km left to swim in the next 2 days :).

5. I’m getting excited for the new Veronica Mars revival miniseries which is released on Hulu in late July :). Oh, as season 4 of Lucifer is released in Netflix on the day I arrive home :).


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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6932 on: May 04, 2019, 08:52:52 AM »
It’s still Friday here, so here are my Five:

1. Only 3 full days left before I fly home to the UK. Tonight is my last night shift here, and I only have one more shift after this (Monday day shift).

3. ... and I have to use communal (unisex) toilets and showers, where there’s a sliding sign on the door to say whether there is a female or male occupant in there... and that is the only thing keeping other people out - the doors don’t even lock (though there are toilet cubicles) and the shower stalls just have curtains. Needless to say, I’m mostly showering in the gym changing rooms!

4. I am almost done with my Falklands Challenge. I have completely 554km on the bike and 60km in the pool... just 20km left to cycle and 2km left to swim in the next 2 days :).

Welcome home, soon!

Communal unisex bathroom with no lock on the door?  It's not soon enough!  That would be worse than the poor internet, the remote situation, and the bad weather, combined.  I couldn't.

20km to cycle and 2km to swim... the cycling sounds doable (not by me, of course, but generally speaking!), but that seems like a lot of swimming to do in three days!  Good luck!
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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6933 on: May 04, 2019, 10:24:12 AM »
Welcome home, soon!

Communal unisex bathroom with no lock on the door?  It's not soon enough!  That would be worse than the poor internet, the remote situation, and the bad weather, combined.  I couldn't.

Thanks :). I’m not really sure of the correct bathroom etiquette - I just check it’s empty, slide the sign to ‘Female’ and hope for the best :P.

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20km to cycle and 2km to swim... the cycling sounds doable (not by me, of course, but generally speaking!), but that seems like a lot of swimming to do in three days!  Good luck!

Well, on Thursday I cycled 20km and swam 3 km, and on Friday, I cycled 20km and swam 1 km :). (1 km is 30 lengths of the pool - takes me about 25 min)

So, in theory, I could finish today, but I’m just nearing the end of my second night shift and I’m not sure I’ll have the energy for it, so I might try for half today and half tomorrow, or all of it tomorrow if l’m too tired later.



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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6934 on: May 04, 2019, 10:29:18 AM »
Thanks :). I’m not really sure of the correct bathroom etiquette - I just check it’s empty, slide the sign to ‘Female’ and hope for the best :P.

Well, on Thursday I cycled 20km and swam 3 km, and on Friday, I cycled 20km and swam 1 km :). (1 km is 30 lengths of the pool - takes me about 25 min)

So, in theory, I could finish today, but I’m just nearing the end of my second night shift and I’m not sure I’ll have the energy for it, so I might try for half today and half tomorrow, or all of it tomorrow if l’m too tired later.

I am clearly not a strong swimmer (due to my lack of lungs, I lack bouyancy, so most of my energy goes to keeping myself at the surface of the water.... I tire quickly).  But it sounds like completing the challenge is totally within the realm of your capabilities!  You can do it!
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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6935 on: May 04, 2019, 10:32:02 AM »
And JF didn’t wake up dead!


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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6936 on: May 04, 2019, 10:49:36 AM »
And JF didn’t wake up dead!

An occasion for celebration!  I think we'll have cheese platter this afternoon.  :)
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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6937 on: May 04, 2019, 12:40:47 PM »
I would have been so sad if you had woken up dead. Mega awkward to get my mendacino engine back.


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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6938 on: May 04, 2019, 01:02:05 PM »
I would have been so sad if you had woken up dead. Mega awkward to get my mendacino engine back.

It's kind of already awkward, as we haven't made progress... I'm soooo sorry!  I will [try to] make it a priority the next day we are unable to play work outside.
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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6939 on: May 04, 2019, 06:13:16 PM »
It's kind of already awkward, as we haven't made progress... I'm soooo sorry!  I will [try to] make it a priority the next day we are unable to play work outside.

You guys should only work on it if you want.  If you don't, let me pay for the shipping back to me.  Because of the Marshmello Helmet, I've gotten pretty good at soldering.  I've got a proper iron and all the bits so I can do it myself.

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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6940 on: May 04, 2019, 07:17:24 PM »
I'm running late on my Friday Five! (I actually am never really sure what day it is.)

1) The new aquarium is settling down. I spent some time today finagling aquarium plant fertilizer pellets under many of the plants in the Eco substrate (easier said then done - they want to float up!) as it hasn't got much in the way of nutrition. It does have some trace minerals, but it's primarily being used because it has so many little nooks and crannies that the beneficial bacteria should do well in it.  Have rethought - several people have said they had no problem at all having this substrate with corys, but others say that it can be tough of them. So I've hopped out this afternoon on the bus over to Drumchapel to the pet store and bought a few bunches of a low-growing plant that I hope will colonize it and make, basically, a lawn for the corys on the part of the aquarium where it's bare Eco substrate. The Daughter has said she'd plant it for me when she gets off work tonight. Sometime late next week, or possibly early the week after, we'll be putting a few Rummies or maybe Cardinals in there to get the tank properly cycled. Once all the chemistry has settled down, Big Bertha and the Boys, and a goodly number of their offspring, will be moving over there. Some of the plants are definitely growing. (See photo - the ones behind the log.)

2) My oven is still not fixed. The tech called a couple of days ago and apologized, didn't know we'd put in two calls before Easter about it. He is ordering a part, and it'll be next Wednesday, probably. Because apparently Monday is another holiday. (There sure are a lot of holidays here!)  It sometimes works fine. Sometimes won't come up to temperature. And it has incinerated one pizza while telling me it was cooking an an even 180. (The over thermometer certainly disagreed with that!)

3) I ordered a "thing" on Etsy, against my better judgement. It is a 1960s folding office kind of piece of furniture. It folds up into a big box. (See photos.)  The description was that it was in good shape, some marks. The guy could arrange delivery. So, I bought it - kind of a gamble. We heard nothing for a few weeks, then Thursday evening after 6pm we got a call that the guy who was going to deliver it -- at 7:00am the next morning! He'd driven it up from England.  :o  Wow, nice notice there!  Fortunately I was going to be up and home anyway. The driver was to call before he started out from the town up here in Scotland that he was over-nighting in. I got us both up at 6:00 so we'd be functional if he showed up at 7:00. Eight o'clock came and went, and then at about 8:30 the door buzzer rang. The guy was outside. No warning phone call. And blocking the lane that several of our neighbors needed to use to get their cars out to get their kids to school. Words were exchanged between him and one of the neighbors, and apparently the English bloke threatened him, etc., etc., etc.  The Daughter was out there apologizing left and right, but really couldn't do much about any of it.  So anyway, the desk/office/box was brought up to our flat, with the Daughter's help because the delivery guy was older than dirt, alone, and it was heavy.  He was paid his delivery fee and sent back to England. The Daughter was upset about it all day.

At first I thought I'd gotten skunked, as I'd paid the vendor in advance, but after moving it to a couple of places in the house and settling on a spot int he hallway I have decided that it's growing on me.  It has little splatters of white paint on the back, and is otherwise not nearly as nice in person as it was shown to be online. (duh.) It was definitely overpriced for the condition it's in.  If I later don't like it I can donate it to charity and just take it off my taxes as a lesson learned about buying things on the internet, but I'm going to try tidying it up first. It does fold down very compactly, and can be locked. So I'll be moving a lot of my computer stuff and correspondence papers (I still write letters with fountain pen and ink, and the Daughter belongs to a letter-writer's guild as well) into it. When we want to use it we can just unlock it and open it up. I need to re-wire the lamp, but that's no big deal - done that lots of times.  What I do need to do, though, is wax it or oil it or something. I don't think oil, as it's teak veneer. Went to Sainsburys and there were only a few options, one of which was Pledge, which I'd been told several years ago wasn't actually good to use on wood.  Can anyone recommend a good brand of furniture wax?  Also, where to get wood putty to try to disguise the few little chips in the veneer on the bottom of the front doors?

4) We were out every day this week, and walked at least a couple of miles each time. Went and saw "Dippy" at the Kelvingrove before he moves on to England next week. (That's a lovely building, and a nice children's museum.) Ate out too many days, but we rarely do that so I can let it slide in my budget. We'll be eating at home next week anyway. Except for Tuesday, when we're doing a day-trip on the bus out to Argyll and Bute.  But the walking - it wasn't like miles and miles, but by last evening I was exhausted. We had peanut butter sandwiches for supper because that's all I could manage. I wonder if it could be allergies? It felt like I'd run a marathon. I'm still pretty tired today, but not like yesterday.

5) The Daughter has decided to be productive, and is going to sign up for yoga classes and a "brush up" foreign language class, as she has so much spare time to fill. She can only work just a very few hours each week, so this will help the time go by until she can get back to the University. (Or until her Irish citizenship application, which is by no means a sure thing, is approved and she can work like a "normal" person - full time. Ireland's had the application for going on 8 months now, and we really don't expect to hear anything for probably at least another six. If we get lucky. Some people's applications have been sitting over there for years.)  Anyway, if she gets it and can, thus, work full time, I wonder how long it will be before she is looking back at her time of only working a few hours a week wistfully?  ;)   :D

The weather has been nice here this week. A little chilly one or two days, but today the sun's been out and my radiometer is spinning like a top.  ;D 8)
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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6941 on: May 04, 2019, 07:43:14 PM »
Nan, I think that is a pretty neat piece of furniture!
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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6942 on: May 04, 2019, 07:55:40 PM »
You guys should only work on it if you want.  If you don't, let me pay for the shipping back to me.  Because of the Marshmello Helmet, I've gotten pretty good at soldering.  I've got a proper iron and all the bits so I can do it myself.

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We really do want to work on it, but only if you haven't completely lost patience with us.  And, of course, if you want the project back just because you want to complete it, that's cool... it is yours, after all.  I was going to ask when you thought you might be holidaying out this way again, and suggest we could have it done by then and meet up and hand it back to you at the beach.
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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6943 on: May 04, 2019, 08:03:46 PM »
I am clearly not a strong swimmer (due to my lack of lungs, I lack bouyancy, so most of my energy goes to keeping myself at the surface of the water.... I tire quickly).  But it sounds like completing the challenge is totally within the realm of your capabilities!  You can do it!

Well, I’m almost done now.

Woke up at 1pm after my night shift, and was in the gym by 2pm. I completed the final 20km on the bike and swam 1km in the pool :). I was going to attempt the last km too, but I only had 25 min before the pool closed and I’m pretty tired... plus I have a formal military dinner to attend tonight and didn’t want to be completely knackered for it.

I plan to swim the final 1km tomorrow :).


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Re: Friday Five!
« Reply #6944 on: May 04, 2019, 08:51:23 PM »
Nan, I think that is a pretty neat piece of furniture!

Yeah, you can open it all the way up like that, or use it as a cubby. (Here's a photo of the same model, from a different vendor.) My version has all the shelves (except, possibly one), and I'll need to redo the light - but that's ok, I'd rather have a LED in that thing anyway. I remember those metal shades used to get terribly hot. It says it's a "Newcraft Home Office."
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