I sent a note of my budgie sighting to the local birding mailing list, and, as a result, the bird is in a warm home now.
S1 successfully went diaper-free from mid-afternoon to the evening. Yes !
I upgraded this machine (the Underground Lair G3) to Mac OS 10.3, and, after dealing with problems I think were due to an incorrect jumper setting I set on a new disk drive I installed last week, so far, so good. It's a clean install on the new drive, so I haven't moved over my preferences and files, from the old drive, but it's pretty darn snappy, especially Apple's Mail program. If things look good for a few days I'll upgrade the iBook as well.
The job search is going slow but there's a least one opportunity that is likely. I think the reality of the pace of the search is starting to set in. And yet, so far, I've felt pretty busy !