Friday, May 25th, 2018


Owen wakes you up from a deep sleep. You were dreaming about Mickey and Minnie and there was an airport and a puzzle where the answer was Blade Runner.

“Owen, it’s kinda early little one.”
“It’s not early. The Pee pee coming out.”
“Then you should use the potty.”
“I get the Green worm? I don’t have the green worm.”
“I’ll buy you a green worm if you don’t have an accident for a whole week.”
He rolls on top of your chest. “Look I’m sleeping on mama! (snoring sounds)”
“Owen I have to use the potty.”
“No, me first!”

You help him onto the potty and ask if he wants a smoothie or waffle for breakfast. What? Why do you ask him if he wants waffles? Of course he wants waffles. Now you need to make waffles. You bring him the iPad and put on Daniel Tiger while he poops.

“Have to pack? Have to pack socks, have to pack toys? Owen take a bath, no, Owen take a shower?”
“Baby, we’re not going to pack yet. We’re not going to Disney for a loooooong time”
“Oh, alright”

You boil some water in the microwave for your tea. You recently discovered that the trick to vegan waffles is to cook them a little longer. You preheat the waffle irons and start mixing the ingredients. Shoot, you forgot the soak the flax meal. Is that a thing? Does it need to soak? You let it soak for a minute while you wash out his smoothie cup from yesterday. As the waffles are baking, you bring Owen up his water.

“You make waffle?”
“Not yet, another couple of minutes”

He reminds you you need to buy him a green snake. You remind him of the conditions for getting the green snake. The waffles are done and you bring one up to him.

You heat up some strawberries for yourself. You munch on one of yours while you wait. They came out pretty good. You sit down to eat when Owen yells down asking for another waffle. You bring it to him and he thanks you. You then go eat your waffle. Oooh, irregular choice has a Toy Story line, but you just bought new shoes, but, but, they’re so cute.

When you’re done, you make it upstairs just in time to turn off the iPad as Daniel ends. You brush your teeth while he finishes his waffle and then he brushes his while you put in your contacts. You help him into his pull-up, a requirement when he has school because he still has accidents frequently. It’s actually just a little art class at the town’s rec center, but they do letters and numbers too. You’ll send him three days a week next year and then do pre-k at the Montessori school the year after since that’s ten times more expensive, but you don’t think he’ll be ready for kindergarten when he’s four even though he meets the cutoff.

You tell him he needs to pick out clothes, but he’s looking out the window.

“My school’s down there! Go in Owen’s car? Go in Owen’s black car?”
“It’s gray sweetie.”
“No, it’s black.”
“OK, pick out clothes.”

He picks out a Mickey shirt and some pants and you help him a little to get dressed.

“Up there, the box!” (points to closet)
“Those are your baby pictures.”
“Can I reach? Can I jump and reach?” (tries jumping) “No, I can’t reach.”
“It’s very high. How about we go out and do bubbles instead, we can look at pictures later.”
“Bubbles??!!? OK!”
“Happy birthday Mama!” (he gives you a big hug)
“It’s not my birthday yet, but thank you. Let’s go do bubbles.”
“I’ll go get my green shoes!”

You help him find his green sandals. He notices the crumbs all over the floor, “oh no, crumbs! It’s a mess! Owen sit on the couch and have cereal, om nom nom!” He puts his shoes on himself while you get your shoes and the bubbles with the bubble machine. You head out onto the deck.

The wind is really blowing the bubbles today. They fly over the house and into the neighbors’ yards. Owen is impresesed. So is his friend a couple doors down who comes out to see the bubbles floating onto his deck. Owen asks him to join you, but there’s no way he was loud enough to hear, plus he probaby went back inside. Owen pops the bubbles with a couple of keychains and some leaves.

After refilling the machine four times, you go back inside. He wants to play with Mickey on the track. He draws a loop for you to make. You can’t find Mickey though. After looking in the toybox and under the couch, you find him on the floor in the dining room. Owen is thrilled. You put together the track and make loop after loop that he draws and send Mickey over. It’s working pretty well today, he doesn’t fall much. The track is magnetic, it’s a pretty neat toy.

You tell Owen that it’s time to wake up Dada. Owen also has to pick out a book for school. You go upstairs. You wake Bryan up. Owen doesn’t hesitate, he knows exactly what book he wants to bring: “Daniel’s Day at the Beach.” You throw it in his backpack. He bounces around and “fixes Tigger’s tail.”

You tell him he needs to use the potty before he goes to school. After he’s done, he tells you there’s a bee stuck in the window. He brings you to the bedroom where there is in fact, a wasp, stuck between the screen and the glass. Owen watches it fascinated. No way you can help the thing without it coming into the house, so it can hang out there until it dies.

You get Owen some socks and help put his shoes on. You refill his water and put it back in his bag. He hands you a pink bead, “here Mama, it’s for you!. Bye Mama, have fun!” “Have fun at school.”


You log into work. Bryan comes downstairs and takes Owen to school. You bring your laptop downstairs and start working as you walk on your treadmill. Joe wants you to move next week’s rehearsal to 5:15 because you both have a meeting. The team you’re working with isn’t tryng to steal your code, they want to use it for correlation… that’s exactly what you’ve been trying to do. I guess you’l see next week. Maryam asks if you think leadership will let you out early today. Oh yeah, it’s a holiday weekend. You hope so. You email your shopping list to Bryan.

You have a meeting today to use this API to get data from the dashboard team’s database, so you try out wget to see how that will work. You wish you didn’t volunteer to fix the stupid thing. OK, you probably should have tried a smaller request, this is taking a long time.

Ron invites your walking group to a walk on the 31st, but you decline the invite as you have another meeting at that time. The API still hasn’t returned a response. You email Meera the access your intern will need. Actually, you cna put him into the system yourself, so you do that and email Meera asking her to approve. You sit down.

That API never finished. Time to join your 10:30 meeting. It looks like the developer that was supposed to make the API for you isn’t around today. He’s on the West coast. Well, who would be awake this early? He’s actually going to join. He’s off today? This really isn’t that important. They didn’t realize you wanted ALL the data at once. They can still do that. You have to find out what the heck this cogs field is.

Bryan tells you Owen was so excited for school, he was yelling at the cars at the green light to go. You join the Ops ML meeting. This deep reinforcement learning topic is very interesting, but people were asking very boring questions last week. You walk some more. Normally you’re hungry by now, but those waffles were very filling.

Elissa(11:26:24 AM): lol
Maryam(11:26:29 AM): ?
Elissa(11:26:30 AM): did you see that?
Elissa(11:26:47 AM): if you didn’t notice, I’m not gonna say anything
Maryam(11:26:52 AM): what
Elissa(11:26:55 AM): lol
Maryam(11:26:58 AM): now you have to tell me
Elissa(11:27:03 AM): I’ll tell you on tuesday
Maryam(11:27:21 AM): oh not appropriate on Q
Elissa(11:28:14 AM): there was an inappropriate popup, probably an ad or spam

He asks if anyone has used Keras. You have. You type instead of speaking since your mic isn’t hooked up. Oh, you find a reference to “cogs” in the html. Meeting is over. You go upstairs to make sure Bryan has left to pick up Owen. You give him your purple water bottle for extra water at the playground. Oh boy, you can do real work now. You and Maryam are working on natural language processing of tickets to find patterns. It’s pretty fun. Maybe you’ll warm up some leftoever ziti first.

You get disconnected from rcloud :( You run your code again. You’re not sure where you left off yesterday, so you’ll check the output of what’s there already. You’re still hungry so you have some popcorn. The buffalo is over-seasoned, so you mix in some cheddar which is also over-seasoned. Your mom texts asking if you’re seeing them on Sunday. Yes, but she didn’t send you their vacation schedule, so you made plans for the 9th. OK, this clustering algorithm isn’t working out either. Maybe you’ll go back to what you had originally.


Your fitbit is reminding you it’s time to move. You have 6,296 steps so far today. You move your desk up to get in a few more.This clustering isn’t going so well. Maybe if you get some more training data and filter out the OK messages. You watch the “Christopher Robin” trailer while your model trains. That sounds like something you could bring Owen to. You walk as you prepare for your 2:30 meeting on preparing for your ML presentation.

Owen comes down and shows you what you made in his art class.

Your meeting starts. You agree to use some of the slides from your previous presentation and then the three of you will talk about work you’re doing in ML. You fix up your slides a little so you have something prepared for the next time you meet. Whoot, done for the day!

Owen wants to play with the sand outside. Bryan says the teachers said he used the potty at school. It’s too hot outside, so you play with the sand inside.

The doorbell rings, Owen is super excited. It’s your subscribe and save stuff already. He tries to open your box of tampons. Bryan got a box too, a game controller, “it’s Dada’s game!”

You go out and play with the bubbles again. You keep telling him to stop playing with the plants.

It’s sidewalk chalk time now. He draws a lady bug and an airplane that’s flying to Disney. He asks you to draw a snake. He plays with the rocks in the rock spot. You get three rocks. He counts them.

He wants to go for a walk now, so he puts on his sneakers. You’re super stylish today. You never changed out of your pajamas, just threw on a bra.

You see one of his friends on your walk, but he’s leaving. Aftering walking around the neighborhood and not finding anyone to play with, he wants to walk through the “jungle.” You argue about the fastest way to get to the wooded area, but you win. He loses a rock on the way. He wants you to go down a slide. A group of older kids come by. Owen likes the girl’s green shirt. “It’s my green shirt.”

Finally some kids his age show up. He plays with them for a while. You convince him to leave which isn’t that hard since he’s out of water and he’s hungry. He says he wants an almond butter sandwich. He runs back home and makes it to the front door before you do. 10,000 steps!

You make him an almond butter sandwich while he paints. You have some more ziti. When he’s done he asks if you’re done. He wants to play dinosaurs. You chase him, he chases you. You remember he needs to use the potty and make him go. You tell him you’ll give him a treat if he goes. He wants to wear his spiderman “underwear.” He wants one of your earrings as a reward. You meant chocolate or something. You end up giving him a candy cane earring. He wants you to put the mattress up and be a doggy. He tells you to sit on the mattress and he comes down from the top of it and tackles you. You do this over and over.


He’s getting pretty agressive which means he must be tired. You suggest looking at his baby book. He agrees. You tell him he should get ready for bed and to pick out a book. “No! Mama pick out a book!” You pick out “Go to Sleep, Little Farm.” He picks out a Thomas the Train book and then “Is It Christmas Yet?” You read the last one in bed.He asks if Christmas is soon, no, not soon. He really wants to put up the Christmas tree. He asks if it fits though the door for the attic. Bryan says yes because it folds up.

You make him use the potty again and brush his teeth. He’s acting pretty crazy. You get in bed, he’s hitting you and Bryan, you stop him and tell him you won’t stay if he hits. You and Bryan sing and Bryan leaves.

Owen is bouncing off the walls. He starts getting aggressive again so you leave the room for a minute. You come back and sing songs to try and get him to chill. He wants to hear the “Peter Piper” song over and over. He’s getting crazy again. You tell him you’re very angry and you’re angry because last night he wouldn’t rest, he couldn’t fall asleep and ended up crying for a long time and Dada had to come in to help him sleep. He calms down a bit after that. You sing one more song, “When Somebody Loved Me” and cuddle some more. He’s pretty calm now, but says he wants to look out the window. You tell him that’s not a good idea because that prevented him from falling asleep last night. You tell him to lie down in bed and rest. He does. He doesn’t want you to leave. You remind him you need to exercise and shower and then you’ll come back later to sleep. You cuddle with him for one more minute and then say good night and leave.

You go down to the basement. You check on Owen in the monitor. He’s sitting on the bed, probably debating on whether to look out the window. You go into the exercise room, but decide to get some water first. You check on Owen again, he’s lying down now. You use the elliptical while you watch the last episode of “The Man in the High Castle.” So good! It’s different from what you thought it would be. You check on Owen in the monitor, still asleep. You make some smores, check the internets, then head up to shower.


You sit down at your computer, but you hear Owen cry “Mama!” You check the monitor, he’s still asleep, must be sleep crying, you stay put. You have a message from Julia. She’s having an awful time lately :( You message her back. You decide to do one video of your statistics class and then you can reward yourself with a sitcom. The statistics stuff is super dry, but it’s things you’re going to need to know if you stick with data science. The problem you watched was kinda interesting and didn’t put you to sleep, so you’ll watch another. That was also more interesting than usual.

It’s late, but your hair is still wet. You decide to watch the Man in the High Castle bonus features until it’s bedtime. There’s actually going to be a third season? Sweet!


Ok, you should really go to bed now. You go get your charging Fitbit and plug in your devices. You say goodnight to Bryan. He’s impressed Owen is honest now; when you asked him if he hit Dada he said, “yup!” You sneak back into Owen’s room and go sleepies.

He wakes up once crying he needs a blankie and his bunny under the blanket. You both fall back asleep until the sun wakes you up at 6:15.