Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Musing - The Disappearance of Days

What happened to last week?  Somehow, I lost it.  It's always a mystery to me that chunks of days can somehow just evaporate, or at least seem to.

Thursday before last, all was well.  There were some political dog issues on the horizon and some work to do with the Alabama Canine Coalition with those.  By Friday afternoon, that had blown up in to a major "event".  Phone calls flying back and forth all day Friday.....Monday.... Tuesday I was on my way to the state capitol for a meeting.  Wednesday I was back.  Friday I left for a grooming seminar in Nashville for the weekend.  Home yesterday afternoon.

It sounds so simple when you just type it out.  But nothing is ever simple, is it?  All the phone calls, writing, emailing, research paperwork that went into the ACC meeting isn't reflected in that little laundry list.  Having to do the housewifely chores on Thursday before leaving on Friday, plus getting together all the grooming paraphanalia and begin loading up the car doesn't show up.  Nor does making sure the dog that went to the seminar with me was bathed and clean and fluffed on Friday morning before leaving Friday afternoon.

I'm hoping for a much slower paced week this week...... no surprises.  I still have to get my technology running up to speed, for heaven's sakes.  Sometimes boring is good.

Friday, February 19, 2010

You Can Quote Me

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.  This makes it hard to plan the day.

                                              ~~~E.B. White ~~~

Friday, February 12, 2010

You Can Quote Me

The world is governed by those who show up.

                                   ~~~ Author Unknown ~~~

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Treading Water

Well, let's see.  What have I learned over the weekend?  I guess mainly that I wish I was 14 again so all this "advanced technology" would truly be child's play for me.  But I'm not, and it's not.

I have managed to buy and download my first book to my Nook.  Haven't had a chance to start reading it.....must make sure I know what all the buttons do.  And gosh...there's only about 5 to know.  So right now I know 3.  Good.  That's progress.

The laptop is up and running.  I'm using it now.  But none of my "stuff" from the old computer is on there......had to buy a Windows 7 book to try to learn from for all that.  Today, I feel like the Oz Scarecrow...........straw stuffing and all.

Friday, February 5, 2010

You Can Quote Me

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.  The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

                                         ~~~ C.S. Lewis ~~~

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Electronic Toy Overload

Oh my.  I have Swiss cheese brain this afternoon.  And I think the holes will only get larger.

I got my new B&N Nook e-reader late yesterday afternoon.  YEA!  It was my Christmas present.  Of course, I can't really use it yet because I have to wait for the the nice Geek Squad guy to get here Friday with the wireless router and all the other whatevers it will take to get the new laptop up and running.  I'm hoping it's going to be as simple for me as it was when the B&N guy demonstrated it for me way back in December.

So, I got out the new HP this afternoon and set it up, ready and waiting for Friday.  Took a quick tour of Microsoft Works..........oh my dear.  This is going to be like learning "how to computer" all over again.  Fifteen minutes and my head was in a twirl.  I had to shut down and go get a drink.  I know I'll get it.  The question is, WHEN? 

Deep breaths, Donna........DEEP BREATHS.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday Musing - Electronic Upgrade

Well, I finally did it.  After agonizing for weeks over what kind of computer to get for myself, I just bought one.  It's an HP Pavilion laptop.....don't ask me what's on it or any of that stuff.  Mr. Head Geek Man at Best Buy helped me when I took the configuration I had made up for one on the HP website to his store. 

Bless him.......he was so very patient and kind.  He got me all "fixed" and scheduled Mr. Second-in-Command Geek Man to come put it all together for me the end of this week.  I even sprung for a new wireless printer. 

One of my new year's resolutions -- the one to become more electronically literate -- is on the road to reality.  I just hope Windows 7 is simple to learn and navigate.  And that all the 1001 things that can go wrong with new equipment of any kind -- but especially computers -- skips by me.  Otherwise, I will certainly be bald from pulling my hair out in frustration.

My bank account is in cardiac arrest..........