Research mode plus a mixed bag

What I’ve accomplished since last check-in:

  • Wrote 0 words, but figured out more characters for the final battle scene and expect words to come soon
  • Learned how to use a hydraulic jack
  • Uploaded my guitar assignment to SoundCloud
  • Caught up on Castle and I’m upset. I hope Kate’s going to be okay!
  • Watched some episodes of Homeland
  • Bought things to finish a couple of projects around the house
  • Completed the knit bag for my phone and change purse
  • Bought my tickets for Ottawa Comiccon 2015!
  • Ordered the last trade paperback for a series I’ve been unable to read as I have 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Today was a mixed bag. I almost got hit while backing out of my parking spot at home and then the same guy almost hit me again when he decided to drive backwards at full speed to ask directions! I arrived at the parking lot across from my work to find the city had removed a large amount of snow allowing people to cross the street and access the sidewalk from any point rather than having to climb a mountain of snow. That was nice! My wi-fi connection broke at work, but then was fixed properly. As I’ve had trouble with it on numerous occasions, it seems we figured out the root cause today and of course it was something simple. A checkbox was screwing things up. I get an email today informing me I have to have my 2015 objectives done by Friday. The email is dated February 4th, so I’m surprised I didn’t see it before now. Maybe I was busy doing work. My one project has a new direction that may let us do what we’re aiming to do for $300 instead of $12,600. My home network seems to be up and down for Internet connectivity, which is bad for catching up on TV, but good for my writing.

So, I used a hydraulic jack yesterday for the first time, which is a little surprising given that my dad is a retired expert mechanic. I needed to jack up my bed so I could put it on anti-slip rubber stoppers. I could have had a friend help probably, but the jack cost $15 and now I have a little jack for my car in case of emergency. Hydraulic jacks are weird. In order to raise something, the valve has to be tight to force the piston up. That’s fine. In order to lower it, you have to open the valve, which spits out oil. I now understand why every garage has so much oil on the floors. I used to think that oil changes were the cause, but nope. I’m surprised with all the innovation in the world that jacks spit oil out onto the floor in order to lower. It seems silly to me. Maybe I’m wrong and only cheap jacks work this way.

Maybe I should do less things. I’m having trouble figuring out titles and tags for blog posts.

Here’s the bag:


Anyway, I’m off to make food, wash clothing, and research magical creatures.


5 thoughts on “Research mode plus a mixed bag

  1. Are you sure that hydraulic jacks are supposed to spit out oil every time you use one? My husband, a one-time mechanic, says that if it spits oil you opened the valve too much. You only have to open it enough to let it down. Which was what I had thought, but my hubby concurred.

    Best of luck with everything else in the coming weeks.


    • Hmm he’s probably right. I couldn’t get it to lower without opening the valve that much and pushing on the part that was raised. Seemed odd to me that I would have to do that.


  2. Your bag is cute! My phone gets carried around completely unprotected, I might have to hassle my boyfriend into knitting me something similar (he’s a loom knitter).


  3. Yay for learning new skills (with the hydraulic jack)!!

    Hey, some days are just about getting the little things done. Here’s to a great week!! 🙂


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