Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29th

It was stupid hot here today (>105F), so I played Warcraft and did a little tinkering in the garage (early, before the heat really hit).  I did go for a cycle (well, after having had to come back and put air in the front tyre - looks like a slow puncture), but stopped for a rest, and only did ~7 miles.

We watched the excellent MotoGP race from Assen.  Good to see Valentino's got the front end sorted out on the M1.  And good to see the poison dwarf choke and only gain 2 points on Lorenzo :o)

June 28th

It's got stupid hot here - to the point where I had to stop and catch my breath on my bicycle ride at lunchtime :o(

June 27th

We watched "The Call" - Vic enjoyed it, I found it a bit predictable.  It annoyed me that the abducted chick can cope with zombies but not this douchebag.

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 23rd

Vic went down to the Bay Area to see her mother, leaving Tilly and me to kick around the house.  It was threatening to rain, so I got all my chores out of the way, then we went over to Freedom Field to chat with Vince while running Tilly's feet raw.  She's now hobbling around like a little broken thing as she has blisters, but she had a lot of fun while it lasted.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

June 22nd

After doing the daily stuff in Warcraft, we spent some time in the garden building the new flower beds.  We're hoping that the redwood lasts better than the whateveritis that's in there now.  I did manage to get 3 layers of 8", rather than 2 layers of 12", as I think it looks nicer.

I went for a cycle, and clocked the walk I took Tilly for the other weekend - just over 2.5 miles.  I did try a few trails that I keep cycling past, and they're a bit more exciting than I'd aimed for - I'd rather not have to get off and push so often.

In the evening we watched "The Dictator", which was pretty predictable.

June 21st

Happy summer solstice, everybody!

I got around to chipping the worst of the crap off my mountain bike, and lubricated the cabled and adjusted the brakes.  Now watch me go over the handlebars at the first red light.

June 20th

Vic took the van over to Stephan's for an oil change, and as usual it came back with a list of stuff that needs doing.  I spent a while talking to Stephan about doing a bunch of bushes in the front - basically an upgrade to urethane from the old dead rubber.  Better start saving :o(

June 19th

I went to Lincoln for the EAA member meeting.  It was a talk on the XV-15, and was interesting.

Monday, June 17, 2013

June 16th

I got out and cut the grass, then we went for a longish bicycle ride.  Yeah, the fun here never stops :o)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

June 15th

I got the new sensor for the weather station, so I put that up in the roof, and moved the old outdoor sensor to the front of the house so it'll be less likely to be interfered with.  Interestingly, the old sensor seems to read high.

We put together a storage doohickey, then lifted it down the side of the house (there isn't the space to put it together down there).  Yay - that thing seems to have been sitting on the patio for ever.

Vic went to some fundraising thing, so I went over to the airfield.  It was pretty crosswind-y (190 at 11mph, the runway's 150), but not very gusty, so I enjoyed it.  I'm still constantly checking the cylinder head temperature, but hopefully as I get more relaxed, I'll stop doing this.

June 13th

On my cycle ride, I saw an RV towing an SUV with the license plate "IPUSHIN" :o)

We watched "From Paris With Love".  I think I prefer Travolta in his pre-steroid rage days.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 12th

We picked Aidan up from the vet - he's had pneumonia, so he'll be on antibiotics for a while.

June 11th

We watched "Hansel and Gretel", which wasn't bad.  I'm starting to tire of the whole "surprise twist" thing, that you can see coming miles away.

June 10th

One of Vic's guinea pigs has been feeling sick, so she took him to the vet.  Of course they have to keep him overnight.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 9th

It's been bloody windy here today, so I didn't do anything exciting.  I played with the cruise control on the van - I'm trying to make it smooth, but effective.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

June 8th

The weather station's outdoor temperature probe has been playing up a lot, so I went up in the roof and got the one down from there and mounted that on the wall outside.  It was having problems sending too, so I figure it's an interference problem (I had problems with the anemometer when I propped up the solar power monitor behind the antenna on the base station).  I've put the smaller sensor that was in the roof by the front door for now while I decide what I can do about this... which'll probably happen when it's cooled down a bit.

If you look at the weather station data, you'll see that it hit 107F here today, so we ran a few errands, but mostly stayed inside out of the heat.  No cycling for me today.

June 7th

We went to dinner with Vince, basically because it's going to be so hot this weekend that we won't leave the house.

Friday, June 7, 2013

June 6th

We watched "Warm Bodies", which was funny enough.

June 5th

In my almost-usual "lunchtime" cycle ride, I decided against lifting the bike over a fence, and thought I'd just ride the few hundred feet along the flattened grass (fire break?) to where the fence ends.  Great idea, but the flattened grass hid a bloody great hole that had me over the handlebars.  At least I wasn't going fast :o)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June 2nd

We watched the MotoGP race from Mugello.  It was a bit of a "meh" race, but that could be because Rossi was knocked off on the 3rd corner.  Oh, spoilers.

Tilly's been all sorts of excited now it's warm, so we decided to take her for a long walk to tire her out.  Vic dropped me at one end of a trail I cycle down, and we walked a mile and a half to two miles and she picked us up again.  Tilly treats everything like a race, but we saw wild turkeys (they're stupid, you have to make a lot of noise to make them aware that you're catching them up) and people standing in the creek.  Tilly got very hot, despite several water stops, and was pretty pooped by the time we got back in the Jeep.

June 1st

The all important solar stats:
Power we've paid for

Power we've generated

And the DMARC stats:

After doing my daily stuff in Warcraft, I went for a longish cycle ride.  I think I overdid it, as I felt like crap afterwards, and decided against flying with a headache :o(

May 28th

We took the van over to Folsom to pick up a plastic shed for Vic, and while we were there, got the remainder of the wood we need for the flower beds.  Yay.

May 27th

Today was the day off for Memorial Day, when Americans celebrate their war dead by going shopping.  So, of course, it rained.