December 11th, 2016


Yeah, Stuff

I'm off to AGU today! The last week and a half has been mostly just getting ready, which is to say, putting together my poster.

I had our annual (-ish) mentoring & appreciation dinner with my boss on Tuesday. We went to Brasserie 1010, because it actually had one of the more low-carb friendly menus in town. I had bouillabaisse, which I remember studying as a spelling bee word when I was in 6th grade, but which I had never eaten before.

A snowstorm (about 3" here in Westminster) had started that evening, and on the way to the restaurant, I hit an icy patch turning from Broadway onto Canyon and slid into the curb. It dented the right front rim on the minivan pretty severely. On Wednesday I had been planning to work from home anyway, because a) I was just putting together my poster, which I do on my laptop, which I can work on just as comfortably from the couch at home as my desk at work, b) that way I could avoid a commute in gross traffic conditions, and c) I had a meeting at City Hall that morning to talk to provide Inclusivity Board input to a feasibility study for a new civic / cultural facility where the mall used to be. But that worked out well with needing to find a place that could sell me a new wheel, too. Also, I got a haircut.

Last Saturday we had Van & Ron's holiday party, and then Star Wars at Jeff & Alice's. Alas, Monkey caught the headache-and-fatigue cold, and had to stay home in a healing coma. Things went well otherwise, though. (Although Jeff and Neal did realize that I had based the NPC family of dysfunctional Aqualish royalty in exile on the Bluth family from Arrested Development. Noooo! Don't look behind the curtain! *shakefist* But they had fun nevertheless, so it's all good.)

What else? Um... Douglas is back in town and came over for a visit Friday night. I've been reading a lot of books lately. It was really cold after the snowstorm, but has warmed back up.

Yeah, stuff.

AGU Day 0

Uneventful travel getting here. It pays to check how long the different security lines are at the airport: the maze at the west end of the main concourse at DIA was completely full, the one at the east end was half full, and if you walked over the bridge to Terminal A, the lines were about six people long.

I jumped on hotel reservations this year, so I'm staying at the Intercontinental, which abuts Moscone West. Woot! Having the option to go back to my room if I need to (or just want to lie down and relax for half an hour during slow periods) makes for a much less stressful conference.

Got my exercise in walking a mile uphill to meet Jofish en famille at Hopwater Distribution for dinner. Lovely! Had him drop me off at the Metreon Target afterwards so I could stock up on supplies.

I have come to realize that I am much happier when I don't have to make myself presentable to the world before I can eat breakfast, so (especially on long trips) I now fill up the tiny bit of unused space in the hotel room mini-fridge with foodstuffs. This is going to be doubly important this trip, since sticking to low-carb/high-fat is hard when eating out all the time. Now available for breakfast in my hotel room: brie, salami, mini sausages, heavy cream, 88% dark chocolate, and (thanks to the Korean place in the Metreon) kimchi.