today (and tomorrow) i'd be working from home, taking care of that non-squid project. given the choice, i rather write new code than fix old code. fixing old code is mostly reading somebody else's work, and then adding a few lines here and there to patch things up. it takes a long time and it requires a lot of patience, for which i am in short supply these days. summer is nearly over, and although i'm grateful for all this work i'm getting, somehow i feel like i should be doing something better with my time, like going on a vacation. at this point my most immediate concern is to make enough money to pay the bills and the mortgage. once these two contract jobs are over, i'll have time to re-assess my life. i feel like i want something but not quite sure what it is, or maybe hard to articulate.
so today, yet another gorgeous day. i thought about going out for a run since wednesday is my traditional running day, but having ran both monday and tuesday, my legs couldn't take another pounding and i figured i'd at least give myself a day of rest. the only time i left the house was to go cash mike's rent check at that street corner atm shack along mass ave near lesley college. i was startled to see how little money i have left in my checking account, until i remembered that most of my money went towards that refinancing last week (the irony still lingers, how in order to save money, i have to spend money). for lunch, i reheated last night's pasta. during the afternoon i worked a little bit, leaving the rest for later tonight (i figured i don't really need sleep anymore). in the early evening i ate some hot salsa with some corn chips then fell asleep on the couch, waking up cold (soon i'll have to go downstairs and light the furnace), my body aching from sleeping on the too-soft sofa. on television was a yankees game, which is reason enough to change the channel, but i watched only to see if they'd lose. i reheated the rest of the pasta for dinner, watching the season premiere of star trek enterprise. the show is dangerously close to cancellation, so this season they're doing all sorts of things to improve the show: there's more action (a crew of soldiers is tagging along with the them, as well as modifications to the ship to make it more battle friendly) as well as more sex appeal (t'pol and trip engage in some vulcan nerve pressure relaxation techniques). i hope the show continues for many more seasons, although i don't want it every week, i like it nevertheless and will watch if i happen to pass it. after that, i watched jake 2.0, about an IT support guy who gets exposed to nanotechnology robots that turn him superhuman. it has shades of spiderman, since the guy is sort of a dork and he likes this girl (who doesn't know he likes her) and it's about him realizing his powers and using them to fight evil and whatnot. i'll watch it just because nothing else is good on wednesday nights.
did you know today was the chinese moon festival? neither did i, until my father called me after he got out of work, asking if i wanted some moon cakes. these are desserts brought up from new york city by pan-ayi when she came to cambridge to take her son to school at harvard. i didn't eat any though, wasn't quite hungry enough (these cakes are dense, filled with a sweet bean paste), but i'll definitely have some tomorrow, even though by then it won't be the moon festival anymore. i'm not too clear on the days of these chinese holidays. since it's based on a lunar calendar, it's even more confusing. all i know is chinese new year is sometime during january and february, but i'm pretty clueless about the other days.