Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A "Murphy's Law" vacation

Shira's Shot, Aug. 10, 2015

The so-called Murphy's Law is that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

First, I got bronchitis.

Then, a couple of my teeth started to hurt, so off I went, bronchitis and all, to see my dentist, who told me that I would need to have:
~ one cracked filling replaced
~ one crown drilled out, whatever's bothering me underneath the crown repaired, and the crown replaced
~ one root canal and new crown

(It's too bad that Medicare doesn't cover dental bills.  I guess we're not going anywhere fancy any time soon.)

Then our son's laptop stopped functioning, and he had to order a new part.  (On the plus side, at least the broken part is repairable by a normal mortal--a rarity for laptops, I gather--so this out-of-warranty laptop doesn't need to be replaced.)

Then our dishwasher started leaking.

You call this a vacation?!

A photographic consolation prize for having read this
catalog of minor catastrophes:

On the fence--a little politics, maybe :)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dueling dishes, and/or splitting the difference

Our son had the rather interesting idea that, since we're almost always milshig/chalavi/dairy for breakfast and lunch, we should keep the sink milshig and the dishwasher fleischig/b'asari/meat&poultry, so as to minimize the number of kitchen items that end up getting washed over the bathroom sink.  This won't work when we're cooking from scratch, e.g., making chicken soup, and really can't avoid using the kitchen sink.  But we're experimenting to see how well this will work at other times.  Stay tuned.

Monday, August 10, 2015

And then there were three . . . again

In case you're wondering why I haven't posted much recently, one reason is that my husband just drove Our Son the Doctor (Ph.D.) and all his earthly possessions back to ye old family homestead two Thursdays ago, since he's still job-hunting and his lease expired at the end of July.  We haven't shared our apartment with our son in nine years, and we're still having fun trying to figure out where we're going to shoe-horn everything in.  The Family Physicist is trying to help us pare down our excess possessions--we really do hoard too much--to help all of us find room.  In between clean-up sessions, we've already had some lively discussions.  Should be an interesting few months.

Any leads for a position in software engineering, research and development, technical writing, or other jobs appropriate for a Physics Ph.D. would be appreciated.  Location is of no concern--our son will go wherever the job is.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

"Murdering Innocent People for God" (Maryles)

Harry Maryles and I certainly don't agree on everything, but I'm afraid he's right in this case.  :(
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