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  1. LB log - 20140209

    The best news came of the day came in an email, for some work to do. I'm glad to accept.

    While in the middle of morning exercise, I hit the middle of a story part in La Pucelle which led into a battle sequence that I knew I couldn't finish before going to work, so unfortunately I had to spend the majority of my lunch back on the game just to get it cleared that point and to a spot where I could finally save. I was good about not having the clock be inflated, but now there's six empty ...
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  2. LB log - 20140208

    Yes, the pressure is still on for my wife to find a new job, but as of this specific day, she's been persuaded to not leave her job immediately before having done so. I just want to make sure that the focus which we will need to ensure that her transition away from there to us at least keeping our current living standards is maintained. It will not be easy. It will not happen by magic. It will only happen if we want it to happen badly enough, and if we are desperate enough.

    In a strange ...
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  3. LB log - 20140207

    She's going to quit the job.

    Probably not in two weeks, as I would have liked; and while three weeks wasn't officially agreed on - as I had voiced my disagreement with allowing that much time, and she conceded that she may change her mind tomorrow - the agreement was otherwise made that it will be in the short term future. The start of March at latest or so. Listen. She comes home in physical pain every time she works. The pain is in her hands, because of all the counting that she ...
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  4. LB log - 20140206

    The call to the IRS was useful today, as after an initial call and subsequent exchange of two emails in quick succession, I'm now once again able to log onto the production environment for MEF. Good.

    What I'll need to do tomorrow is come home on lunch so that I can push one return through and make calls out.

    I have the message board in place and have been poking around through the settings to see what all I can change and set to ensure that it is as secure as I can ...
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  5. LB log - 20140205

    The conference call went about how I expected it. Preliminaries were put in place, the son questioned my background and credentials, other more robust options that have been available all this time were mentioned, and in the end I need to have a proof of concept message board put up. I'll do it on my tax code site. I gave myself a week to do it, and in theory it shouldn't take that long to do, but hopefully I can find a program that will perform the necessary search functions as I would expect. ...
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  6. LB log - 20140204

    The call to the IRS about my error seems to be interesting and requires a case study. Barring a miscommunication or misunderstanding of a fundamental issue, there's nothing which was apparently wrong on either my part or their part, in such that the IRS agent couldn't see any issue there to be resolved. What makes it more interesting is that she had received (or heard) of a transmitter having a similar issue and told the person to contact their software developer. In my case, since I am both a transmitter ...
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  7. LB log - 20140203

    A welcome Monday is here.

    After some consideration on my part for a while and a bit of discussion, I decided to start Mass Effect 1 today. I'm very much unaccustomed to using WASD for movement in a game. After approximately an hour of play, I can see it having some potential for some interesting mechanics and I think it's fair to say that the facial animation and voice syncing is ambitious, but I've already noticed some strange sequencing in the writing, and I'm not sure if the combat ...
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  8. LB log - 20140102

    Swell. I was about to have my first Form 1040 return sent, and I have the test submission made, completed, and verified, but as of this moment it appears that when I try to log on to the actual live data submission environment, I am encountering an error. It's an "unexpected error" that I haven't seen before, so I hope that this is an issue which is beyond my control. However, the IRS MEF status page shows no issues at present. I'll have to call tomorrow.

    I felt like I was ...
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  9. LB log - 20140201

    It's after dinner, I'm seated and ready to squeeze in a bit of work before making a meeting in the game, and then - my PC decides to start doing some things extremely slowly. Refreshing the file listing in some Explorer windows takes more than a minute. I figure I haven't rebooted in a while, and do so, and the system eventually reaches a black screen and hangs. I had the game loaded and was playing it a bit to help be patient and try to let the PC sort itself out rather than rush it too hastily. ...
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  10. LB log - 20140130

    The meeting with the estate attorney was actually useful today, and long story short, I am now a contractor for the purpose of supervising the implementation of my message board idea as well as one of the main data entry persons once the framework is in place. There's still a lot to have put in place between now and when that happens, but at least the long walk towards the ultimate end has taken one big step here, and the implication of regular communication means that this annual ritual of contacting ...
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  11. LB log - 20140129

    Shoveling snow isn't all that bad when the weather is within the twenty degree range and it's sunny outside - it makes it easy to scoop the snow up in large chunks which can be removed cleanly from the pavement as long as you carefully flip them over.

    Her hands still hurt. You keep watching her seethe the breath in her teeth as she winces and grasps at her wrists. You watch her do this, and you keep doing things which don't help her. Why. She shrugs it off, usually, and comes around ...
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  12. LB log - 20140128

    Today I was a bum, rather than get any work done. I'm probably going to keep pressing until every fume within me is expired and I am spent. I felt that I would have been free at the start of the day, but talking with my wife about the game led me to finish moving her character along. OK. Now maybe one more day of this will be enough to get me done. Ha, ha.

    Song session was pretty good today. Nothing drastically bad, and the only thing I could possibly complain about is that it took ...
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  13. LB log - 20140127

    Waking up with my wife today was mostly for the best, though after putzing around after work and with songs here and now, I'm pressed for time to try to get exercise tonight before the rest of the day slips away.

    The next few days will be spent doing more tax form work and making sure I'm ready to go, though on that respect I'm about as ready as I'm going to get.

    Song session was excellent today. No play was really bad and there were numerous records. Still can't get ...
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  14. LB log - 20141026

    The wakeup went without issue and I was able to go about my morning routine two hours earlier. I spent a substantial portion of the morning cleaning some products within a section of an aisle because there were a few dozen bottles of merchandise which had fallen behind and underneath the shelves, which meant that I couldn't get an accurate assessment made and therefore inhibited my task. Now I know for tomorrow that I shouldn't bother doing this at all and simply work with what I see and turn a ...
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  15. LB log - 20140125

    Yesterday I spoke of needing a change to my routine, and sure enough I have come to embrace such a change as of today. On Sundays, and certain Mondays when applicable, rather than work 7AM to 4PM, I will work 5AM to 2PM. The purpose is to better facilitate how and when our work loads are generated, so there is a tangible benefit to doing this. A side benefit is that this is the same hours which my wife works, which means that we'll be able to coordinate our schedules to operate at the exact same ...
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