Getting that coffee ready

This post is only partly about coffee. It really is about my struggle with office chair mats.

Today started with a wonderful cup of coffee. Instead of sporting two shots of espresso this morning it seemed like coffee is the way to go. In a little bit today before the start of the two NFL playoff games, I’m going to need to buy a new office chair mat for my home office CEO chair. Earlier this week the last floor mat sort of splintered and had to be put in the garbage. Since living in this house this will the 3rd floor mat for my office chain in the last 5 years. That seems a little bit out of control in terms of floor mat sustainability. Using my Scandanaviang Designs Wau office chair on the carpet is strange. It takes a lot of effort to move around. My guess is that this type of rolling around is probably not good for the carpet. My plan is to visit Costco first and then Staples as a backup route to finding a new office chair mat.

This morning I’m watching the week 1 course content for the Coursera “Crash Course on Python” series the Google team recently released. It seemed like a good idea to just jump in and do the courses to change things up a little bit in my regular routine.

As part of that course I just went out and looked at some fun documentation:

https://docs.python.org/3/tutorial/index.html

and

Think Python

I downloaded the “Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist” book in PDF format (Downey, 2012).

I’m now done with week 1 of the “Crash Course on Python” Coursera course in the “Google IT Automation with Python” specialization.

Coffee after black Friday

This is a recording of my blog from November 30, 2019

Every single day I open a blank word processing document and start writing. That is my method of creating content. For the most part, that means at the start of the day I boot up either my desktop computer or Chromebook and start writing (working). OK —- this might be a good way to start generating prose, but it is generally a bad way to write a novel or work on an academic paper. Just to be fair, it is probably important to call out that first thing in the morning or right before falling asleep i’m probably not working on anything academic. Things that happen right at the start or the end or the end of the day tend to be more reflective and less academic in nature. Seriously, I have to be in the right frame of mind to produce quality academic articles and that is generally something that happens after a lot of coffee. 

As a sales event, black Friday has come and gone. We drove around a little bit on the way to brunch during the early hours on Friday. In northern Denver we did not see very many people out and about cruising shops for early morning deals. Freezing fog and cold weather were abundant during the early house of the day. Shoppers roaming the streets were not as plentiful. I’m actually wondering if maybe the official start of the holiday spending season was not all that strong of an event.

20190930 Thoughts

This functional journey blog is going back to its roots for a bit. Mostly throughout this week the theme will be notes until it is time to go back to the 99 entries that are briefly on hold. I’m going to try to capture a few notes throughout the day to help kickstart the writing process. Sometimes writing is the best way to kickstart more writing. So here we go. Enjoy the banality of pleasantly everyday activities.

My Nespresso machine produced two wonderful shots of Starbucks espresso this morning. Things are starting to come into focus this morning.

Breakfast included 400 calories of Soylent Mocha powder mixed with water.

After breakfast was over, it seemed like a good idea to fill my 48oz Nalgene water bottle. Drinking that bottle of water one glass at a time will take a few hours and probably run into lunch.

Trying out a new Nespresso pod

Yesterday, I did manage to acquire a few Starbucks espresso pods for my Nespresso Expert machine from Target. A very nice store associate grabbed them from the back of the store for me. They had not been put out on the coffee aisle at the store I visited. About 40 pods came home with me for some scientific research on the effectiveness of caffeine on my day. (Spoiler Alert!) The Starbucks espresso pods were familiar, but not exactly like the Verismo machine version. Keep in mind that I drank the Verismo machine pods on a daily basis for over a year. That flavor profile was a very important part of my day. Imagine every day as the world started to come into focus the first thing that really caught your attention was a fantastic shot of espresso. Ok — you are right it was two shots of espresso. Both were fantastic, but a little bit different. My Nespresso Expert machine is filled with water from a Brita water filter and I clean the machine fairly often. Maybe my expectations of the pure joy of Starbucks espresso got in the way. It was very good, but maybe 70% of what I expected it to be. That remaining 30% of lost joy could easily be a deal breaker. I’m going to keep running this taste test and see what happens after the 40 pods are gone.

Getting going a bit slowly today

Earlier today I watched a video about Lofoten, Norway. It seems like a really nice place. Flights from Denver to Norway are not as expensive as I thought, but the 10+ hour flight time does remind me that it is pretty far away. A quick search of Google Maps indicated that the distance was over 4,500 miles. All of that research happened after two shots of espresso from my Nespresso Expert machine. It appears that a quick trip to Target might allow me to buy some espresso roast Starbucks Nespresso pods to use in that Nespresso Expert machine. For those of you who have been reading this functional journal for some time you might remember that for some reason Starbucks espresso pods are my favorite. I used a Starbucks Verismo machine for years to kick off my mornings. Now it seems that with a different machine I will be able to return to the ways of the past and enjoy some Starbucks espresso pods. I’m sure you will get to hear more about that this journey soon.