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Finally done moving.

Home sweet home.

Backyard remake, final touches this week
Vicky at Brostugan
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Guess I've been really bad with updating on most things this last year, but many exciting things have happened since my last post.

Sean and I moved in to our first house together, and the last few months we've been slaving away in the backyard clearing out small trees, some dead trees, loads of brush, vines, dead leaves and more vines. We've planted evergreens and finally this week we'll get sod in for the area we cleared. We'll be ready for summer any day now. Just need to get a grill, and perhaps a hot tub, then we're set. Very exciting.

Fastly!
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
So very excited to have joined the Fastly team, can't until I'm up to speed (no pun intended;)) and know what I'm doing.

http://www.fastly.com/

Yay!

stuck over night due to Lufthansa (and partners) messing it up, twice
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
I'm stunned.

For the second time this trip I've not managed to board the plane I was supposed to be on. First on my way to Poland the aircraft we were supposed to fly with had to be replaced (no explanation) and as someone had managed to 'close the flight' from check-in the staff at SFO refused or were unable to accept luggage from passengers and print their boarding passes. When this mess was finally resolved, the flight was so delayed we could not make our connection in Frankfurt and had to stay in a hotel over night. Not impressed.

On my way out from Poland after spending a work week there with Wikia, getting to the very tiny airport in Poznan an hour before scheduled departure I'm told the flight is full and I'm not allowed on. I'm not too late at the check-in counter, it's nothing wrong with my ticket - they just over-sold the flight and I'm picked out as one out of 5 'un-lucky' passengers as nobody had volunteered to change their ticket for a later flight.

As it turns out the later flight is also over-sold and we can't get out of Poznan until 24h later. Unbelievable. Can't believe I gave these people money.

By law they're required to give us hotel rooms and food for this type of event, and we get a taxi voucher with the address of the hotel that we'll be taken to for our un-wished for extra night's stay. "Som grädden på moset" as we say in Sweden - our troubles aren't over yet.

Handing the voucher to the taxi driver, you can't imagine my surprise when he stops in the middle of nowhere between the airport and the city, and tells us we have arrived. At a completely different hotel. I tell the driver this is not the hotel we were expected at, but he insists it's the one.

After about 20 minutes of arguing with this taxi driver who thought we should just get a room at the hotel he took us to; after having the hotel confirm they indeed DO NOT have a room for us, the hotel lady being friendly enough to call to the other hotel and confirm they DO have a room waiting and finally telling the driver we'll pay him to take us to the correct address he gives in. Not without a lot of cursing in Polish (I do know that part), muttering and thinking we're idiots.

The following day our flight out of Poznan is delayed, so much that we're for the third time about to miss our connection. This time due to a thunderstorm in Munich. After I already long gave up on getting anywhere without an extra over-night, they finally decided to do the right thing and send us an escort that drives us directly to the correct gate, through a mini-passport control and skipping the security check line. We're on our way again.


Writing this I know we have another hop to get home. I'm not confident we can make it in 'only one day' of traveling.

I don't feel there's a lot of options out there, but I will do my best to avoid any Star Alliance flights in the future; I say "No thanks" to Lufthansa, United and all their partners. If you feel your time is valuable to you, I suggest you do the same.

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Thank you Sean for helping me deal with this mess, I'm not sure what I would have done without you (but I have a feeling it would not have been so nice for the airline staff involved ;)).
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Sunday, a day for reading
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
Today I've started my day with the usual coffee and breakfast, and while doing laundry I've decided it's the perfect day for reading. It's grey and cloudy outside, not really inviting to anything but cuddling up indoors with warm drinks and a good game, movie or book.

Reading a book won, and I decided to read "A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum", by Elizabeth Woodward and co-authors, on my kindle. (Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/75z4ulf)

So far, 31% into the book, it's mostly common sense and stuff we've already covered in our projects at work, but every here and there I found encouraging quotes or words of wisdom.

In particular I liked this Eisenhower quote: "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Premature spring cleaning
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
Totally looking forward to tomorrow, when Tomek and Maria will help us get some of the extra furniture and stuff out of the way. Most awesome. Then this place will get a good cleanup, finally.

It's not really spring yet, but hey it's San Francisco, it's not really as if there's a winter either. ;-)

gotta love making your own re-runs
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
Started watching Firefly all over again. It's so incredibly liberating to not be depending on anyone else to tell you what to watch and when. It's getting me all inspired, I so wish I was a space cowgirl for real. When I grow up I'm so going to have my own space ship!

"..Burn the land and boil the sea. You can't take the sky from me.. "


http://firefly.wikia.com/wiki/Firefly

sometimes it's hard to know what you don't know
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
Every now and then I come across a problem that's a little tricky to wrap my head around. Not because of it's complexity but because of some little detail that changes every time I look at it. Hard to debug.

It's not really broken, but it's an uncertainty that a control-freak like myself, despite years of practice, will every now and then not be able to just let go.

It'll keep bugging me until a larger problem comes along. Luckily, those are usually never far away. Large complex problems are fun, I chop them up, split them out, sort them, prioritize them and all of a sudden I'm hunting for a new large problem to solve.

42.

Dance the night away..
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
Totally looking forward to dance class tomorrow. And Friday.
I need more dance in my life!

Ever had the feeling of being so full of energy and having nowhere to go with it? As if you're almost about to explode but there's no creative outlet? I think that's roughly where I'm at, feeling super bouncy but I need something to be bouncy about. I need a new interesting project to wrap my brain around, a challenge of some sort. Something juicy. Feeling this way is exhausting, even if that may sound weird.

Training for a half marathon from July-September, the spring this year was a challenge in itself for me on a personal level.. but now what?

In the meantime I'll compensate with more physical activity, dancing keeps me sane.. -ish. No promises. ;-)

Tried a new recipe for dinner today
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
It's been a while since I tried out a new recipe, guess it's been lack of inspiration in a combination of lack of time. Finally tried something other than the regular suspects today, turned out pretty yummy and high on protein for the days when we need some extra of that.

Ingredients:
1 large leek, cleaned and chopped
1 lbs extra lean ground beef
1.5 cups of rice
1 cup of green lentils, rinsed and soaked in water for 10 minutes
3.5 cups of boiling water
1 can of crushed tomatoes

Olive Oil
Salt
Black pepper
Ground cloves
Sambal Oelek or other asian chili paste


Instructions:
In a hot pan, fry half of the chopped leek with the lentils in a little olive oil.
Stir until they start to get some color, about 3-5 minutes.
Pour the lentils and leek mix into a pot with the boiling water, add 1.5 teaspoons of salt.
Let it boil for 10 minutes, while you fry the ground beef.

In a hot pan, add the ground beef and black pepper.
Fry 3-5 minutes while stirring, then add the rest of the leek and fry stirring for another 3 minutes.
Add salt to taste, 1 teaspoon of sambal oelek (or more if you like it hot) and a pinch of ground cloves.
Add the crushed tomatoes and lower the heat. Let is simmer until the rice is ready (about 20 minutes).

Add the rice to the lentil and leek and let it boil simmer at low heat until the rice and lentils are soft, about 20 minutes.

Add more salt, pepper and sambal as wished for. Serve with your favorite side of veggies.

Inspiration from this recipe:
http://www.dn.se/mat-dryck/recept/kryddig-kottfarsrora-med-linsris

Enjoy!
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Sometimes it just can't be done right
Vicky at Brostugan
flufsan
Just had an awkward moment tonight, when I ran into someone at a social gathering that was very much not OK with running into me. From full on conversation with 2 people to a complete exit within less than 30 seconds, followed by leaving the venue all together, made me feel pretty guilty.

Had I actually met this person before or done anything to warrant this behavior that feeling could have probably stuck with me for a while. I really don't like upsetting people if I can at all avoid it. This time around I'm left slightly surprised, with this awkward disappointed feeling that I did something wrong, but with one pensive eye brow raised by the intrigue.