Pearl is usually not cuddly, but has been a bit more recently.

a grey kitty snuggled up against a leg

I love my Logitech MX Ergo trackball, but it suffers from trackballitis. It’s the reason I quickly made the switch to optical mice, as they always work and the rollers don’t get clogged when optical mice became a thing. I hate having to clean the bearings so it rolls nice.

We picked up our Christmas tree on Friday. Went to a new place as the previous place we went to unexpectedly closed. They have a beautiful wall of wreaths as you walked into the barn. I think we’ll be going here again next year.

Finished reading: Book of Night by Holly Black 📚

This is the first Holly Black book I’ve read, this was also her first adult debut, everything else has been young adult. I really enjoyed it, and will have to look for more of her work in the future.

Moose would not appreciate these two laying on his bed. He’d be staring between them and us and whining about the situation.


Really hate this part of pet ownership. Moose was a fantastic puppy over the past 8 years. He lived a good life in our laps and on the couch. Lots of walks through town, and plenty of car rides.

We got very lucky and adopted him at 18 months old, 2 months after we bought our house, and 3 weeks before Christmas. The day after we brought him home we went out for our Christmas tree in 2.5ft of fresh heavy wet snow, and he had so much fun.

He’ll be very much missed, and we’ll have a giant hole in our hearts from him.

Alright, I think I need to figure out how to link my to my mastodon account, so I can easily cross post.

My Fountain Pen Day orders all came in. 9 new inks to the collection.

Got a Loupedeck Live S, and it’s mostly set up on the first page. Having trouble setting up shortcuts for Magnet, but otherwise it’s really nice.

I’m a bit more active on Mastodon lately, you can follow me @sgtstretch. It reminds me a lot of What a fantastic platform that was.

One very excited toddler now that this is put all together.

Three days ago, the 3yr old saw the bucket to Lego 8043 in my giant tub of Lego. She immediately wanted to build it. I spent the next 3 evenings digging through a 40 gal tub of Lego to find all 1100+ pieces. I think we’ll start building this weekend.

Surgery time. I’ve got drift.

I find the rumors of a 16in iPad to be ridiculous. The 12in iPad Pro is huge, I can’t imagine trying to use a 16in one in your hands, which means it’s a desk type thing, so why not just get a laptop? What is the use case of a 16in iPad?

This little truck survived my childhood, but with a toddler trying to tow things much larger than a matchbox car, the hook finally let go.

Fall is almost over, but there is still some fantastic color in the leaves.

Hitting a steady 40 words per minute with the Norman layout on my Planck keyboard. Pretty happy with progress so far.

Yep, one could get used to this view. This makes the backyard so much nicer.

The creek project has finished. We have a stable backyard again, and a new wonderful view.

A day in the life, central NY, Thursday October 13th, 2022.

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve switched to the Norman keyboard layout, and I’m up to ~30wpm now. I’m pretty much extensively using it all day. Still a few typos, but learning the new key locations.

The currently inked fountain pens. It’s been a while since I’ve inked this many, but it’s nice to have a variety of nibs and inks to choose. 🖋️

Yesterday I switched the layout on my Planck keyboard from Qwerty to Norman. I tested at 9 WPM initially. Now I’m already up to about 20 WPM. Slowly learning the mew key positions, but years of muscle memory is hard to overcome.

New keyboard, a Planck EZ. Now I get to learn how to type all over again.

Finished reading: Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard 📚

Really enjoyed this one. A nice continuation of Realm Breaker. I’m looking forward to finishing the trilogy once the final book is written.