September 30th, 2003


Of mail . . .

I ran an extra `sendmail -q' process all day Tuesday and overnight, but it didn't seem to make much headway against the influx from Oxmail (which was still trying to deliver the backlog). On Wednesday morning a larger partition was made available and the mail queue was moved to it and renamed so that the old messages didn't interfere quite so much with new messages. The new queue levelled out at about 1200 messages and the old queue had about three times as many.

At about 03:00 on Thursday morning the last deliverable message from the old queue was dispatched - hoorah - leaving 941 deferred messages (mostly mailbounces to nonexistent spammers, no doubt) and service returned almost to normal later that day. On Friday afternoon we got word that the power cables had been repaired, so that's pretty much the end of that.

Meanwhile, amid talks of a national postal strike ballot (which voted against) and an additional ballot in London (which voted for), apparently Oxfordshire's postal workers walked out a week last Friday, unreported by the national media.

The first I knew of the end of the strike was the arrival of a letter from Citroën UK. We have been unable to use our car radio since the day we got it, because the dealer didn't know the security code (d'oh!) and the nearest official Citroën dealer is 20 miles or so from here. So a few weeks ago I wrote to Citroën UK on the offchance they would be willing to look it up in their database and send it to us (given that our address is on the official vehicle registration document). Well, they did.

So on Saturday we put the code into the radio and. . . no dice. We tried twice to make sure - and now this wonderful security system means that each time we turn the radio on we will now have to wait for 22 minutes before even being able to attempt to enter the code. We are not impressed - especially since I don't doubt that any car-thief worth his salt would have had the thing decoded in ten minutes. The only people it inconveniences are the legitimate users. :-(

. . . and male

T might be getting better, but he still hasn't mastered this sleeping-through-the-night thing. Last night it was back to just after 2am and just before 6am, although recently he has had quite a few nights when he has slept through till about 5am. Unfortunately, getting him back to sleep then can be quite difficult, and if he then wakes up at about 7am then that's the end of the night's sleep for us, which is not good.

He had his first lot of immunisations on Friday. The wait (about 90 minutes in the end, punctuated about one hour in by his checkup with the doctor) was the worst part. Although sticking a needle in his leg did make him cry (well of course it did), he did calm down quite quickly afterward (even though the nurse then went and stuck one in the other leg too - what a cruel thing to do), helped by feeding time. Apparently he can get fever for up to 48 hours following the injection, but he only had a bit of one and he is right as rain now. We get to go through all this again in only another four weeks, though.

While he was there he weighed in at 5.79kg (12lb 12). He is a big boy now (and he's two months old tonight, too).

In other news, we managed to have an entirely quiet bath on Thursday evening - he even seemed to quite enjoy it. Sunday wasn't quite so peaceful - he screamed through the hairwash but then had his bath in peace.

On Saturday morning he went to PEEP, which is a local group focussing on education of preschool children. He quite enjoyed the singing, though he didn't pay much attention during storytime and we didn't think he was quite old enough to join in the making of treasure boxes. :-)

After that we went shopping, and then most of the rest of the day seemed to get wasted in one way or another. :-(

Today he has been rather clingy, and since J has not been feeling well I got permission from niceboss to come and work from home in the afternoon (after I sorted out a couple of things which needed seeing to on-site, which unfortunately didn't quite work out in the case of a Sony Vaio which won't load the Red Hat 9 install CD without crashing and we can't find anything on the web which might explain why). Typing with sleeping baby on lap is one thing, but when he wakes up and starts fretting it is amazing how long simple stuff takes to do. Well I did do a bit of work, anyway.

But I should be in bed by now!
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