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When did I last bring home a doggie bag from a restaurant?

I’ve been wondering what was smelling bad near Carter’s crate the last day or two. Wondered if it was something in Charlie’s tank, but I sniffed over there after feeding the dogs tonight, and nothing smelled bad. After sniffing around Carter's crate again, I realized it was a paper bag with a leftovers container in it, atop the crate.

Whatever it was, it wasn't labeled, which really makes me appreciate those servers that do mark the date and the name of the restaurant on the tops of those containers! I have a vague feeling I can recall taking food home after eating half of it, within the last few weeks, but I'm at a loss. Not gonna look too closely at the remnants to help solve the mystery, though. It quickly went outside and to the garbage.
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Child of IthacaSomething I've been working on for quite a while. This article came out of my curiosity last summer as to where Erin had been for the two years she was off the Commons for the construction project.

I've always tried to visit on July 3rd, and "say hi" whenever I'm on the Commons. If I happen to be there when people are wondering aloud who she is, I tell them.

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When I read about the TicketMaster settlement deal, which is giving free ticket vouchers to lots of past customers, I figured I couldn't possibly have gotten any. I don't really go to a lot of concerts featuring national acts. Couldn't imagine the last time I used TicketMaster for anything other than to check a seating chart for a hockey game before buying tickets through Cornell.

But I figured it couldn't hurt to look. I went to ticketmaster.com, and of course hadn't been there in so long that Safari didn't have a saved password for it! Had to use the "forgot" link. And then when I used their e-mailed link to reset my password, it griped that I had to set a new password that wasn't the same as the old one! Oh well. I guess I reuse that one a lot.

Apparently I bought tickets to the NCAA hockey regional in Worcester in 2002 and a "Lord of the Rings Symphony" show in Baltimore in 2004 on TicketMaster. Huh. My account shows one voucher that can be redeemed for two free tickets to a show. It might just take me a while to figure out what shows I could potentially see! There's a long list of eligible shows, but no way to search by state or region that I can see. Naturally.

Anyway, if you haven't already, you should go look, too.

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Several months ago, I discovered that the New York Times lets you have unlimited free access to their web content (instead of up to ten free articles a month) if you sign in with a .edu e-mail address. You just have to go to nytimes.com/passes to create an account (if you don't already have one) and sign in.

Until last week, each time I signed in, I was told that my academic pass was valid until midnight the next day, or something like that. Fine, I figured. Signing in every couple of days was a worthwhile irritation if it meant I got to keep reading the Times without having to pay them, and without having to delete their browser cookies every several days to start the page-limit counter over at zero.

But then last week, I noticed that the confirmation message when I signed in said "Your pass will expire on September 30th, 2021 at 12:00 AM ET."

No more jumping through hoops? I can read as much as I want? For over five years? I'm sold!

(Also, 2021 is only five years from now?! WTF?!)
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It's a good indicator of how crappy I felt on Friday night that it seemed like a good idea to lie in bed and watch some recent shows on the Apple TV in the bedroom, which meant watching all the commercials on the network apps, instead of watching them from my TiVo in the living room, where I could've fast forwarded through the commercials.

There were so many things I wanted to get to on Friday night but couldn't. I did lots of cuddling with the dogs, and not much else.

I got to one of the several things I wanted to do yesterday, and one of the several things I wanted to do today, and I think there's more couch time in my future tonight as there was last night. Hoping to be 100% tomorrow, or at least closer to normal. We'll see.
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Well, we moved today! I don't think I've posted about this before, but our whole office, and the other offices on the first floor of our building (which is otherwise one of the big residence halls on north campus), are moving for the summer -- and today was the day.

We're going to be on the second floor of a warehouse building off campus, and while we were told it's air-conditioned, one of the folks who's usually in the building says it gets warm over the summer. Great. I strongly prefer not warm.

It's also got a touchy alarm. About 10-15 minutes after Karen and Steve left, leaving me alone in the building, two CUPD cops wandered in to find out why the building alarm had gone off. Luckily, they believed my silly story about it being our first day above the warehouse!

Maybe tomorrow will go more smoothly.
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The night before last, I woke up after having a very vivid dream in which I found a store that was having a sale on ammunition, and of course had to rummage around checking sizes only to find that they didn't have the specific type of .22 I needed for my rifle.

Actual ammo isn't much easier to find in New York, which has much tighter restrictions than it used to.
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I decided fairly late in the day to go with friends to see "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" at 7:30, and of course had to run home to walk and feed the pups before heading back across town to the movie. That's one of the few "disadvantages" of having dogs; not a lot of choice but to go home after work every day. But they're worth it!

Didn't want to risk having the movie get sold out, so I headed right back there and bought a ticket, then decided to head across to the Triphammer Mall for a beer. Triphammer Wines & Spirits was also doing a wine and bourbon tasting, so I popped in there first, of course! Then chatted with folks over a beer at Ithaca Coffee Company (cafe plus gourmet shop plus tavern with HUGE beer selection).

That's probably when I should've eaten something, but I figured I could grab something small after the movie. :-)

Of course, after the movie, I remembered my friend Jake was in town just for the night, and headed down the hill to meet up with him at the pub he'd said he'd be at. Hung out there for quite a while, had a young lady give me her phone number, and then headed home to take the pups out for a bedtime walk and got to sleep.

Today was great! After brunch, Molly and I took the dogs up to a cider orchard that friends own, and they got to romp off-leash! [ Watch the video on FB... ] Gloria isn't doing too well, and mostly sunbathed on the grass having a staring contest with the cidery's elderly cat, but Penny and Carter got to run around and tire themselves out a bit. They're both zonked out on the couch while I watch hockey and write this.

Just had a light dinner of a bagel sandwich featuring corned beef courtesy of a friend, and was going to leave it at that... but I've been invited downtown to try a preview of a new chicken sandwich at a friend's eatery. Guess two dinners tonight will make up for last night. :-)
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Something Ned (a fellow photographer) said to me at a game last weekend really resonated. He was talking about how he had changed his eating habits when his doctor told him to lose weight.

"If you do it for thirty days, it'll be a habit."

The dogs and I have been back in the house for two and a half weeks, and one of the things I'm trying to do is get in the habit of folding the clothes as they come upstairs from the laundry, and putting them in reasonable places in the dressers and closets.

I still have lots of clothes in bags that came back from the laundromat, but they're at least all folded for me, so that should be easy. Knowing a lot more about my clothing categories than I did when I moved in and last organized the dressers should make a difference, too. For example, I just put a stack of green t-shirts together; there's a relatively small number of occasions when I'm going to wear those. (One is coming up.) I put a stack of red t-shirts together, but realistically, that's probably going to turn into a whole drawer.

Also important to the new habit is putting clothes where they belong when I take them off. Shirt I'm going to wear again? Getting folded and put in a drawer. Anything that's heading to the wash? Into the hamper. That should help keep the room tidier than it has been in a while.

Exciting? No. Important to keeping the house presentable? Yup.
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Sorry, it's been almost three and a half weeks since I reported in! The dogs and I finally got to move back home last Wednesday (a week and a half ago). The house isn't back to normal, not by a long shot, but we're home.

Servpro was a confounding mix of thorough and careless. They seem to have done a great job of demolishing the basement and cleaning out everything down there, and the upstairs was largely boxed up and cleaned to deal with likely mold exposure up there. Air testing before the cleaning showed high mold levels, and air testing after showed levels so low as to surprise even them.

But they broke things, left a lot non-functional, left garbage and debris on the driveway and lawn, clobbered my front flagstone step, and, inexplicably, unplugged my basement freezer and let hundreds of dollars worth of local meat, frozen vegetables and fruit, and random stuff like lasagna and mac & cheese, spoil. Ugh.

The washer and dryer had been rendered unusable, but after pressure from the insurance adjuster, they sent someone to hook them back up, so I've been able to do some of my own laundry. Phew! No idea where the two brand new jugs of laundry detergent went, but no big deal to go buy more. They'll probably show up in one of these cardboard boxes eventually.

I've been trying to go through at least one cardboard box a day, getting rid of lots of it and finding places for more of it. I have too much stuff. Soon, I'll have a little less.
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