This year, they weren't, but it came down to the championship game. Since it was a Lesser Game, there was less money changing hands, and only a small part of the marching band was transported to the game. But there was no way to know that when it came time to buy airline tickets.
This coming week is spring break for that university, the one where $elder_brother teaches, and also the school $younger_brother's kids attend. It seemed a godsend, so we booked tickets.
Then a couple weeks ago, my sister got hit in the head whilst skiing by a snowboarder. Bad concussion, bad knee fracture, not so bad ankle fracture (but on the other leg). She's better, but not going anyplace anytime soon. The ankle bone isn't weight-bearing, so they gave her a walking cast, and she can get around a little with a walker.
So anyway. The rest of us will be there, Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.
Which made this week kind of busy, wrapping stuff up so we can be gone all next week.
Well, it would have been busy, except that the server that runs the disk where my latest project lives started feeling ill last Thursday (a week ago now). I have in my possession an e-mail asking if they could take it down for a half hour early Friday morning for maintenance. That operation failed. Well, no biggie, it'll be back on Monday, right?
Enter le deluge. Starting sometime on Friday if memory serves, and lasting through bedtime Monday night, it rained and rained and rained and rained. A nor'easter-style low pressure system stalled off Virginia Beach and the circulation around it picked up warm gulf-stream water, which it dumped when it hit the cold (36F, 2C) air over land. Like a conveyer belt. We ended up with about 8 inches (200 mm) of rain, though our rain gauge is still indoors, trying to avoid getting frozen.
There was widespread street flooding, and some low-lying areas, including our annex down by the brook, flooded. So nobody got to the ailing computer on Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday they finally managed to make the delivery, and repeated surgery (which involved an inadvertent loss of half the CPU cores among other things) failed. The company is now building us a computer at their facility, which might be installed Friday. This time for sure, eh?
But this afternoon, the sysadmin types dug into the box, and hooked up the five drives inside one at a time to another computer (via a unique hookup, only one of which could be found anywhere), found the one with my project on it, and woooo! I'm back in business. With about 10 working hours left before vacation.
And then two working weeks to prepare a talk for an international conference. Eeek. I should be more worried than I am. This also worries me.
Also this week, the choir I'm in is doing choral evensong (with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament to follow) for a meeting of the North American Barbara Pym society. Seems a number of rabid fans of this author have no clue what her anglo-catholicism is about, and so the organizer (a bass in our choir) thought it would be cool to demonstrate a thing or two for their benefit.
At least we'll have more people in the nave than we have in the choir.
But that means rehearsal on Saturday, regular church thing on Sunday, blessed nothing on Monday (though I had a cold and went to bed early); Tuesday with my novel writing group; Wednesday for the regular choir rehearsal; today (Thursday) hockey tickets we got through my office social catherd; Friday evensong; Saturday take the dogs to "camp", and Sunday we're flying outta here.
If we get there in one piece, I'm gonna be ready for a rest. Unfortunately toxicfur has deadlines next week, so she'll be working part of the time we're there.
Right. Where was I last week? I dunno. It's beautiful outside, 65F/18C, sunny, gorgeous blue sky. I wanna go frolick in the sunshine.
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