Tuesday, August 13 2019

morning, stirfry, projects, and gravy

Dear Journal,

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! This morning I jumped out of bed much sooner than I usually do and enjoyed some YouTube while I waited for the coffee to finish brewing. I'm seriously considering making it a personal installment in my morning routine. Plus, I'm feeling much more coherent than I'd normally be just rolling out of bed and starting a journal entry.

Yesterday it felt pretty good to get back to work, but it was a really busy day filled with planning and meetings. Lately I've just kind of accepted that on Mondays, I don't have much time at my desk. I might have a free half hour or hour, so once I sit down I try to make a checklist of things I want to get done in that work session and then crank 'em out.

After work, I took Rodney to the grocery store to pick up stuff to make stir fry. When I got home, he and Marissa were snuggling on the couch under a blanket, and he didn't want to leave. "No Hy-Vee. Cozy," he said. But as he heard me putting my shoes on and heading out the door, he changed his mind and ran over to the kitchen to join me.

When we got home, I made shrimp stir-fry with some vegetables. I still have a serious phobia with making rice, so I leaned on my good friend Uncle Ben. The stir fry turned out good, but not great. I was really shy with the sauce. I used to have a problem of adding too much sauce and too many vegetables, making it wet and difficult to heat up, and it appears I've over-corrected.

After Rodney went to bed, I wrapped up another leg of the file server project. I got it to the point where I was ready to run the plex server back on. It's good to have plex back. To celebrate (and kick the tires on the new setup), I watched I Think You Should Leave on shuffle while I cleaned things up.

Today, I'm eager to finally decommission the old server. I'll re-purpose the remaining final two hard drives as redundancy, then start brainstorming for how I'd like to put to work the two raspberry pi's I've freed up. I've had the hankering to play some old video games, so there are good chances that a retropie will be involved.

I'm also eager to try out classic, traditional gravy. I found a good video and studied up, and I'm confident that I can get it working.

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday today. You can be sure I will report back my gravy and file server success.