Like much of the South and Southwest, we really don't have clothes for this; we weren't in danger of dying of hypothermia, no, but to be honest, most of us who have lived in central and southern Texas all our lives really, really had no idea how to deal with this. I own two coats and while one I bought specifically years ago to visit svmadelyn in Chicago during winter with Child so I knew it would be okay, my other is a calf-length leather one my grandmother gave me for light chills and to look epic when correctly positioning oneself in a mild wind. Child hates coats altogether and owns one (again, suitable for a regular Texas winter and cosplaying Hetalia's AU Punk!America, don't ask), because he doesn't get cold easily, so it was kind of lucky school was out and he could hover under piles of blankets.
Reading about Atlanta and Nashville and Winnipeg (aka, The Place That Got Colder Than Fucking Mars, Holy Shit) and checking in with friends in New York and Chicago (IM: "TELL ME IF YOU ARE A POPCICLE PLEASE"). Luckily, cousins around the country checked in with various relatives--some for the first time in about a decade--to announce they were still alive and give us a narrative of their lives and times, so apparently the Polar Vortex brought family together. I honestly had no idea some of my great-aunts and uncles were still alive, or that they knew who we even were, since the last conversation I remember having with them was about thirty years ago at my paternal grandfather's funeral. They are all well and my, it's cold.
At the moment, not much, but that changes as of these coming weeks. We're doing an Oracle update, which means a full--and I do mean full--regression of all functionality, which includes SQL queries for database functionality, which as I foolishly learned SQL, I may also be called in for that. One of the big problems that came up during downtime was database mismatching, which is kind of the nightmare scenario for testing.
From our side, there's no way to tell if a client's information isn't being updated properly unless we check all the possible tables their information is in and look for discrepancies. Which is easy or at least fairly straightforward, except the last time I ran an exclusion statement to get the ones with blank spaces in one field where there should be data, the ETA was fourteen hours. I can't imagine doing that with infinite fields, or finding mismatches. Mine specifically was looking for clients with online accounts and discovering that while one table said they definitely didn't have them, a second one said they definitely did, and the third one would let us make a new one (IT SHOULD NOT LET US DO THAT WHEN THERE IS A CONFLICT) because, I assume, it was confused. I was told the terminology for this happening that involved many words--all of them scared me badly for a whole build of regression testing.
Learning SQL seems to have been a mistake; now I know enough to worry about a whole host of new things and how they can go tragically wrong.
Because I need to cheer myself up. These are exclusively by way of Pandora, because I ended up buying a subscription and now wonder how I lived without it. And so revoltingly easy to buy a track when you really like it. Damn them.
Sooner or Later, Matt Kearney - he seems to be growing on me, no idea why. Maybe it's the striped shirt?
Wrecking Ball, Miley Cyrus - Dude, judge away. I can't even tell why I like this one, but it got into my work playlist somehow. Goddamn Pandora.
End of All Time, Stars of Track and Field - Okay, I forgive Pandora everything; I love this song. It drew me in a week before Christmas and went onto my home playlist for regular melancholy brooding at the stars and whatnot.
What a Shame, Shinedown - I think they're officially hitting critical on the number of tracks to qualify as a favorite band. The only thing that makes sense is that I need a harder rock presence in my life or something to leaven out the alt. I have no idea.
Face Down, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Another Pandora find. It's definitely not subtle, but the beat is seriously awesome.
Show Me What I'm Looking For, Carolina Liar - I love them. I love them.
I Lived, OneRepublic - So continues my shocking descent into loving OneRepublic. It only took like, ten years?
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