The weather forecast for today was around 20 °C and sunny. When I walked out the door it was still a lot colder and not nearly as sunny as predicted. In fact, it was very cloudy and stayed that way all day.
I walked along the Ringvaart; the route which most of the regular readers will know by heart by now. I saw only one thing I hadn't noticed before: a roof garden. The house also has a little tower-like bay window.
At work I blew my top when I described to my roommate how I felt last week when I thought I might be going into a coma. He started joking about it. I asked him if he would also joke if I had cancer instead of diabetes. Most people don't seem to realize diabetes kills more people than cancer does and they think it is something you can either ignore or joke about. Another colleague who was in the room later talked to our manager about my angry reaction, and he asked me to come to his room later in the day.
We had a good talk about my situation, and the manager made a good suggestion. Since I'm living alone, when I don't call in sick in the morning and I'm not at work they'll come and check on me. I'll leave a set of my house keys in the office and I've got the manager's 24/7 work alarm mobile number in case I need something in a hurry.
The rest of the day was filled with trying to get the Typo3 CMS to work on my testbed VM. One thing I hate about some pieces of software —and this includes Typo3— is that the documentation and the real world have nothing to do with each other. Parts of the docs I had to read for the installation were from 2004 and not upgraded for today's situation.
I got most of it working, except for the part where you have to add a CMS admin to the database. I followed the instructions, but couldn't log in. According to the CMS the admin account wasn't in the database. When I looked directly in the DB the admin account was there… I'll see if I can get it sorted out tomorrow. The advantage of these errors is that you get to know the data structures intimately. Do I really want that? No.
After work I walked along the Middenweg to the Albert Heijn on Linnaeusstraat. They didn't have my basic muesli either. The nuclear reactor in Poland where they breed the muesli probably had a meltdown.
So I walked to the Dekamarkt on Pretoriusstraat to see what they had. It was the first time ever I was in that supermarket, so I spent some time looking around, trying to find the various articles. After a while I found the muesli, as basic as you can get. €0.99 for a kilo. I also got a slightly more luxurious muesli, with a billion different kinds of fruit. And they had very nice Tuna Salad with pesto dressing and pasta meal. All for a lower price than AH charges. Another difference was that none of the checkout girls was wearing a headscarf and that they were all very friendly. Also unlike AH. The only thing that was very much like AH was that women stop to gossip to each other right in the entrance in such a way that you can't get past them. Ah well, life is full of little disappointments… But I think I'll go shopping there more often.