||[Jul. 16th, 2013|06:33 am]
Geraniums (south Africa), oleander (perhaps southwest Asia), magnolia (southeast North America), crepe myrtle (India), lily of the nile (south Africa), and roses (Europe or Mediterranean) are all in bloom, all of which are not native to the area. (The California native roses have not, i wager, contributed any genes to the flowers in abundance on city streets.)
Last week escalated in intensity, day after day, and Friday morning i found myself unable to motivate myself unless driven by something external. With no deadlines hovering -- either so far in the past or yet in the future -- i dawdled and dabbled. The weekend had a few successes, movements toward goals, but .... Well, i should stop there, right? Forward movement is forward movement.
Monday doesn't indicate an easy week ahead: 12 hours with a lunch break. At least i was at home. The afternoon spent on analyzing the failures during the performance test was engaging: the analysis and focus on a problem is what i enjoy. The context i was working in, the stress my colleague has over the failures and his blatant magical thinking, does not make it a joy though. He promised it would be fixed in August. Even if the team magically solved the problem, it would be unlikely we could get something in and tested by the end of August due to the installation schedule and moratoriums on the preproduction environment.
Christine and i did not have our app meeting last night, i didn't exercise, and none of the conditions of enoughness were met.
Maybe i should order a very good Keemun. I have not been delighting in my tea choices. As my morning tea drinking is the quite time of joy before the demands hits me, having the tea be unsatisfactory is unfortunate. The last choice was an inexpensive China tea that was supposed to be Keemun like, but has an edge that Keemun does not. I ordered an organic and fair trade scented tea that also has the edge. So here, "From An Hui province, this superior grade of Keemun is composed of dark leaves with a smattering of golden tips. The cup has a characteristic Keemun profile, with a complex flavor that is both smooth and sweet. Hints of chocolate and subtle smoky nuances add to the character of this offering." Ordered. I don't often need the superior and fancy grades, but given how work is going, this should be a small treat, much like the dark chocolate and good cheese i've been savoring in the evenings.