I realized (after the fact) that this was a recovery weekend. No travel. No visitors. No expectations. We spent some quality time with Sparkle. A few hours (and dollars) were spent at West Edmonton Mall where the hoards had reduced to a tolerable level post-holidays. We took the tree down, sad as it was, tossing it (literally) to the curb, and putting the vacuum to good work. And watched a couple odd movies, neither of which were bad, but not worth deeper analysis either.
Geeks as we are, Karin and I implemented the “alpha test” of our new meal planning software this weekend. We decided, for both convenience and monetary reasons, that we needed to spend more time planning meals in advance. A scheme to buy an extra calendar turned into a scheme to build a spreadsheet with codes which turned into a bigger scheme to build a database which (this weekend) turned into a grand scheme to build a piece of open source software using PHP and MySQL. I coded a handful of wierdly cool functions to do neat things like organize recipes, generate shopping lists, and do cost analysis of grocery spending. Ultimately, what started out as a bit of a nerdy project has turned into an ÃƒÂ¼berg33k project that (quite frankly) I should be (socially) ashamed to write about. I’ll keep the progress up to date as we move forward (slowly now) that we have a semi-functioning alpha-product.
Sparkle found the warm spots at our feet during all of this, though I don’t think she is quite aware of the adventure that awaits her over the next few days. I’m still a little chaotic in my own brain about the whole thing. Arg.