jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Monday, December 17th, 2007 06:41 pm)


Well, we survived the semester, the end of the semester, and the winter weather weekend. 

The last week was busy -- a weekend class, a paper finished on Sunday, an exam on Monday, work at the library with many book returns, and a paper due Friday night.  I was well on my way with my final paper on Friday, when, mid-afternoon, my computer stopped working correctly and then stopped working at all.  After panicky calls to local computer repair places (half of which had had their phones disconnected), Molly and I headed down to Columbus to the Apple Store.  The Apple Store is at the Easton Mall, which (for us, at least) is very upscale and yuppie, but it was very pretty with all the Christmas lights and horse drawn carriages.  Once we found a parking spot and waded through all the crowds, we got to the Apple Store and had time to look around and develop envy for fancy, expensive things.  I was playing with the iPod Touch -- so cool!!!!  So wonderful and delightful!  Aggg, and so expensive.  We had fun!  The Mac Genius was able to fix my laptop by reinstalling some stuff, so it is good to go now.  I had to reload my Greek and Hebrew fonts (which I needed for my paper), and I still haven't gotten the mail program set to do POP mail for campus again, but the laptop is working great now -- thank goodness.  (I've always been able to set up my POP email account with no trouble at all, so I don't know what is wrong this time.)  My professor was very understanding, and I finished the paper Saturday. 

Saturday Molly needed to head up to Cleveland for her church job for the Christmas pageant rehearsal and a sleepover before the pageant on Sunday morning.  She needed to make the costumes and buy the materials to make them.  It had started snowing midmorning and had added up quite quickly.  She set out with plenty of time but arrived late.  Al the way up there, she saw cars off the road, and it took her many hours to get there.  I've heard the rehearsal was chaotic, and Molly was up until all hours making costumes and then was serenaded by a symphony a snores at the sleepover.  The actual performance went very well.  Here in Delaware, it snowed all day Saturday, with ice pellets later in the evening.  The snow started in again about 8 a.m. Sunday morning.  It took Molly all afternoon to get back home.  The roads in Cleveland were really bad, there were whiteout conditions at some places along the interstate, and ice!  She stopped for a while to let the whiteouts pass and stopped a second time to replace her windshield wipers that had broken with the ice. 

Today we are both just hanging out at home, though we need groceries and to do laundry.  The county was at a level 1 snow emergency earlier, and it's been cold, so we were happy to stay in.  I did some  Christmas shopping online, and we napped.

I took some pictures on Saturday and Sunday and posted them on flickr.  They are all taken from the bedroom window overlooking the Olentangy River.  The first set was taken early in the morning looking at the high river level.  The next set were taken in the middle of the afternoon and reflect the snowfall and a higher river level.  The last ones were taken Sunday morning and show the river level, the melted snow, and the beginnings of the new snow.

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( Thursday, October 18th, 2007 08:21 pm)
My laptop has stopped working correctly (i.e. it randomly shuts down while I am in the middle of things or, when I start it up, the lights and fan come on, but nobody's home). This is an absolute tragedy a bummer, because my life revolves around this laptop I use the laptop frequently. Fortunately it is still on a 6 month warranty, so I am boxing it up and shipping it to California tomorrow and hoping it comes home soon (and without having to wipe the info. off, since I can't get it work long enough to back up my files!). I haven't been using my desktop much lately, because it has been freezing up (GRRRR!!!), and I haven't had the energy to figure out what is wrong with it or haul it in for repair. I am using Molly's PC while she is at work tonight (thanks, Molly!). I was going to use her laptop, when she is at home, but it will only connect to the internet away from home. I tried with the wireless and with the ethernet cable, but no dice. It is insane that we have 4 computers in the house, and only one is working well right now (and, (shh, don't tell), it is a little slow!) Waily! Waily!

Anyway, so I am trying to get some stuff done while Molly is at work. I still want to post an entry or two all about our trip, but it may have to wait for a while. Tonight I am uploading some pictures to my flickr account: pictures from the trip and pictures of the snake hanging out on our patio! And I am trying to wade through my daily internet stuff, but without being able to do my normal things on MY computer. Sigh . . . so sad :)

Tomorrow will be the only day this week that Molly and I can really hang out together (we hope!), because we've had back to back work and class schedules all week. Just makes the week feel longer. We hope to do laundry and go to the movies with the girl who watched the cats for us while we were gone. And veg out! We'll see how that goes, esp. without my veg assistant laptop.

Okay, enough whining from me!

Some quotes:

"…Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Letter from the Birmingham Jail

One kind word can warm three winter months. - Japanese Proverb

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always. -Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. - John Lubbock

The most futile thing in this world is any attempt, perhaps, at exact definition of character. All individuals are a bundle of contradictions -- none more so than the most capable. Theodore Dreiser, author (1871-1945)

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. - Rabindranath Tagore

I may be a despicable person, but when Truth speaks through me I am invincible. -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

"I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within." --Gustav Flaubert

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. The Wonder Years
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