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Effin’ meow…

August 12, 2009

Just paid my fall bill to the tune of $2,700 and change and am feeling fairly pauperish. For summer semester, all I have left to write for class is my blog essay, and it should be fairly easy except for the part where I have the attention span of a ferret with ADD these days and can’t seem to concentrate.

*le sigh*

In other news, I’m soon to become the owner of several tens of thousands of worthless shares because I love my sister, and this is a small thing I can do to help her. Once I get the paper, I may use it to wallpaper my room. Or I may hold on to the things to see how much worse it can all get.

In yet other news, I spent my morning dinking around with the wireless network at home because my parents’ new Dell and their old Dell suddenly decided they didn’t like the base station that’s in the office. [shakes fist, flails] Haven’t I already said I don’t do Windows? Grrr. Argh. It’s fixed now, but at the cost of a morning I will never, ever get back.

Okay, work. I have school work to do and I’m really not in the mood to have failed to start the damn thing again. Catch y’all later.

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I don’t do Windows

August 8, 2009

Seriously. I don’t. Also, Vista is a pain in the ass, what with its constant requests for approval (maybe someone on the development team has authority-figure issues, because really, the number of times Vista interrupts itself for a simple installation is ridiculous) and the fact that it can’t seem to figure out how columns in a window work (a la Mac OS X). And yet I find myself helping my father set up their new laptop (present tense, because the setup is still going on).

Damn it.

I need to go check on him.

Later.

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Things to do

August 6, 2009

ENGL444 is starting to wind down in terms of what’s left to finish, and that’s good. Once the semester is over, I have plans to go to Cedar Point one last time for the year, catch a movie with Mom and take D to the Toledo Museum of Art. I like D. He was with the Institute for Social Research for years before he retired (probably a good 20 years ago), and I’m getting to know him through the Chalice Circle and First UU of Ann Arbor. He has a sly humor and is entirely self-aware. I think I want to be him when I grow up.

Today, Dad and I will head over to the house to do the minor repairs, and I’ll call the heating & cooling company to come over and inspect the furnace. And then I’ll turn it over to the property managers and hope they can find tenants. I think I’ll also head over to Halle after that. I need to write a bunch of stuff, and I seem to be able to do that more easily in a setting that *isn’t* home. Fewer distractions, I think.

And on a totally unrelated note, Jack Lessenberry tells us what he really thinks of AnnArbor.com. I don’t disagree with him, but I’ve thought the same thing of The Ann Arbor News for years, so his comments aren’t exactly a revelation to me.

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[bleary eyed]

August 2, 2009

Is it August 20 yet?

Met with my most awesome grad group earlier today and hashed out a few last things with regard to the project, finished putting together my print-to-Web page and am getting ready to contact my test users. Am also getting ready to write the essay on that. Added a couple-hundred words to my sooper-sekrit identity project and hope to finish the writing on that sometime this week.

Meanwhile, my living space is starting to look a bit like a killing field, what with all the catnip mice Calliope captures from the toy box in the den and brings down to show me. This morning, I woke up to this sight:

The killing field of Russellgate.

The killing field of Russellgate.

Pretty horrific, wouldn’t you say?

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Good news, bad news, any news

July 20, 2009

Fannish project 1 was a success, and I’m happy about it. Now all I have to do is start fannish project 2 and be done with it in less than four weeks. Normally, my tendency to procrastinate would mean I’d start working on it in three weeks, four days. However, most of my work for ENGL444 is due at the same time, so that won’t work. I’m thinking I’ll finish fannish project 2 sometime this week, while I still have a bit of time.

Real world project 1 also needs my attention, but that will be an hour a day, and that’s manageable. Seriously.

Real world finance 1 is partially dealt with. Real world finances 4, 5 and 6 are on the immediate horizon. But first, I need to deal with real world finances 2 and 3, and both will be painful.

In short, I hate my to-do list, because it’s already full, and it doesn’t include homework. Damn it.

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Done and doneski

July 9, 2009

Classwork for the week is almost done, and hey! It’s Thursday. Tomorrow’s plans involve a trip to the library, which, yay! Alone time! With access!! Without family!!!

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In other news — there is no other news. I’m too flippin’ tired for other news. Catch y’all on the flip side.

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Don’t panic.

July 6, 2009

Best words of advice EVER. With family coming in, schoolwork to do, and various other issues to deal with, these words will be my mantra for the next couple of weeks. Douglas Adams, wherever you might be, I thank you.

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Speaking of schoolwork, the wiki is nice, but there’s a part of me that would rather be doing one for the sic list than for EMU. Not that I don’t like Eastern, because I do. It’s a great school. But a wiki for the sic list is more immediately useful, and it would let me finally create a usable archive of all those messages (of which, I still have the output from when it was hosted by Indiana University, so we’re talking about messages that go back at least 15 years, maybe longer).

Grr. Argh.

That project will still be waiting for me once I finish class. Or, more likely, once I finish my master’s. The point is that it can wait. My other priorities really are more immediate than this one; and if I keep telling myself that, I’ll get over myself more quickly than not, yes? Yes.

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Onward and upward. I have to finish reading and comment on chapter 1 of Web Style Guide; work on exercise 4 of the (X)HTML/CSS; hand myself over to Mom at noon so that we can get the house in shape for tonight’s whisky shoot; pick up various and sundry things at the house in Wayne; pick up various and sundry family members at the airport in Romulus; and (you guessed it) pick up various and sundry supplies at Sam’s Club.

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DON’T PANIC.