Working from Home | Mon 12th to Thu 29th Oct 2020 — Ned Martin’s Dot Org

Monday 12th October – Home

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 204

1,161 cases: 0 new, 4 active.

Home

Bronwen and I spent the day working from home.

Tuesday 13th October – Loving Hut

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 205

1,161 cases: 0 new, 2 active (the lowest number since July 21)

Home

Bronwen and I spent the day working from home.

Loving Hut

Bronwen and I had dinner at The Loving Hut, popping past Coles and Woolworths after to buy some groceries—and discover Cole’s amazing new “long-sliced bread”.

Bronwen having dinner at The Loving Hut Bronwen having dinner at The Loving Hut “Long-Sliced” bread at Coles

Wednesday 14th October – Home

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 206

1,161 cases: 0 new, 2 active.

Home

Working from home again today.

Thursday 15th October – Home

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 207

1,162 cases: 1 new (acquired overseas, detected in hotel quarantine), 2 active.

Home

To no-one’s surprise, both Bronwen and I worked from home today.

Friday 16th October – Failing Hard Drive

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 208

1,164 cases: 2 new (acquired overseas, detected in hotel quarantine), 4 active.

From 4PM: Up to 40 people can dance at weddings. Dancing will be permitted at Year 12 school formals. Gatherings of 40 people allowed in homes and public places. Outings from aged care facilities can resume.

Failing Hard Drive

3 years, 1 month, 3 weeks and 1 day ago I bought two 4TB Toshiba Hard Drives, which live in a mirror in my server—and have a 3-year warranty. This morning my server emailed me to tell me that one of them is now considered to have gone into a “Caution” state—its current pending sector count went from 0 to 8. Perhaps it’s true what they say—that things fail one month out of warranty. It’s potentially ok—it’s not considered a “Warning” yet, and it may re-write the suspicious sectors and get over it, or even remap them and not have any more failures… but it’s generally considered a warning sign that the disk may be about to fail and should no longer be used for anything critical.

Mt Gravatt

Bronwen and I went for a walk up Mt Gravatt. I noticed that the temporary early closure signs have now been replaced with permanent looking ones.

Closure sign on Mt Gravatt

Dominos Pizza

We had Dominos Pizza for dinner.

Saturday 17th October – Home

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 209

1,164 cases: 0 new, 4 active.

Home

Despite it being the weekend, we worked from home and didn’t go out.

Sunday 18th October

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 210

1,164 cases: 0 new, 4 active.

Home

We spent the morning at home.

Hospital

Bronwen began to feel dizzy and unwell, and didn’t seem to be getting better, so we drove to hospital to have her checked out.

Shopping

After waiting ages at hospital for tests—their computer systems were down—we rushed to the shops, getting there only just before they closed.

Bronwen’s Parents’ Place

We drove over to Bronwen’s Parents’ place for dinner.

Monday 19th October – Home

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 211

1,164 cases: 0 new, 4 active.

Home

Bronwen and I worked from home.

Tuesday 20th October – Shopping

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 212

1,164 cases: 0 new, 4 active.

Shopping

Bronwen and I worked from home, walking to the shops in the evening.

Wednesday 21st October – Cycling Mt Gravatt

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 213

1,165 cases: 1 new, 5 active.

Mt Gravatt

After spending all day at home, I went for a walk up Mt Gravatt, while Bronwen cycled up and down a few times.

Bronwen cycling up Mt Gravatt

Thursday 22nd October – Rats

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 214

1,165 cases: 0 new, 4 active.

Home

A quiet day, working from home.

Rats

Bronwen thinks there’s rats in the ceiling so we walked to Bunnings to look at solutions for catching rats—and then on to the supermarket for groceries.

Friday 23rd October – Home Alone

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 215

1,167 cases: 2 new (both crew members from a vessel), 6 active.

Home

I drove Bronwen to the busway as she was going into the city to work—which is a rare occurrence nowadays. I then had a busy day working from home.

Bronwen had dinner at her parents’ place and spent the night there.

Saturday 24th October – Home Alone

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 216

1,167 cases: 0 new, 6 active.

Home

I had a quiet day at home by myself.

ALDI

I drove to Bronwen’s parents’ place to pick up Bronwen in the evening, and we dropped past ALDI on the way home.

Sunday 25th October – Storms & Power Failures

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 217

1,167 cases: 0 new, 6 active.

JB Hi-Fi

Bronwen and I walked down to JB Hi-Fi.

Storm & Power Failure

There was a large storm.

The power failed at 6:30 PM—supposedly due to “severe weather”, even though there hadn’t been any “severe weather” for the past few hours.

Bronwen and I went for a bit of a walk around the suburb—the power was on only blocks from our place, but off for hundreds of houses elsewhere. It began to rain again so we went home.

Thai Dee

It wasn’t much fun at home without the power on, so we drove down to the Thai Dee Thai Restaurant, getting there at 8:30, when it shuts at 9. We weren’t sure if it would be too late to still get served, but they said so long as we didn’t order entrees, it’d be ok. However, when we ordered coconut rice to go with our Thai vege and tofu curry they said they were out of coconut rice, and when we changed to plain rice… they said they were out of that as well! We ended up having roti with our Thai curry, which isn’t a very good way to eat Thai curry.

Power Returns

The power came back on at 11:33 PM, so I got up and turned the server back on. It had indeed shut down ungracefully, so I’ll need to look into what went wrong there.

I ended up staying up all night.

Monday 26th October – Cycling Mt Gravatt

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 218

1,167 active: 0 new, 3 active.

Home

More working from home.

Cycling Mt Gravatt

I went for a walk up Mt Gravatt while Bronwen cycled up and down it.

Bronwen cycling up Mt Gravatt

Tuesday 27th October – Shopping

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 219

1,167 cases: 0 new, 3 active.

Shopping

We popped down to the shops in the morning, but spent the rest of the day at home.

Wednesday 28th October – Home

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 220

1,169 cases: 2 new (both acquired overseas, detected in quarantine), 5 active.

Home

Bronwen and I worked from home.

Thursday 29th October – Home

Coronavirus Lockdown Day 221

1,171 cases: 0 new, 5 active.

Home

Bronwen and I didn’t go out anywhere, working from home all day.