Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In Which I Embrace and Question Technology


I figured out a quick way to upload my phone pictures to one spot online so that I can get them on my blog.  Welcome to the 21st Century!  I even did it right.  I wanted to use Instagram but that's an iPhone only app, so I googled Droid Instagram Apps and read reviews to pick out the best app for my needs that did the same thing as Instagram.  I am using Picplz.  My user name is Dirtball.

This picture is of the inside of our apartment from the porch.  The app gives you 18 filters to apply.  I picked number 14.

Tonight I make 3 pies at least.  Pumpkin, blueberry, and peach.  I might buy the "good" pie crust and make a pudding pie too.  We'll see how I'm feeling in the grocery store.  Goodness I love pie!

I can't decide if I want an Amazon Kindle Fire or not.  It will be good for traveling, I don't need to worry about not having enough books.  I can upload my free ezines I would like to read up to it.  I can play majhong tile on it.  It's wireless so I can do some computer stuffs. I can get a super cute case to put it in.

That's the good side.  The downside is that it weights almost a pound.  It's solid.  I don't think it will be easy to hold it in a comfortable position for long, which is necessary for reading.  The screen is a little bright, it's not like the older kindle screens, so that might make reading hard.  And finally, I do love the feel and smell of a good book.  But books are a little hard when traveling.  I'll be able to borrow books from friends on it and I'll be able to download free books and borrow books from the library on it.  I know! Blows your mind really.  I'm borrowing an electronic file that I can't even hold!  Crazy.  This will save me money b/c right now I usually buy a book in the airport and I'm terrible at returning physical library books and the closest library is rather small and not full of options.

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happiness Owls

The other day I changed my Firefox persona or decorative background behind all of my internet buttons.  I didn't have a lot of time to choose and I ended up with owls and flowers.

It's a little busier than I usually pick, but it makes me sooo happy every time I look at it.  I'm so surprised by that, but it makes my office seem a little bit homey.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Discussions of What Makes Me Happy This Week

I want to talk about things that make me happy.  This week I didn't get enough sleep one night and it was a pretty anxious week for me.  I'm forever yelling at myself for not being perfect...and then yelling at my yelling self to give myself a break.  And of course I refuse to listen to anyone, even myself, telling me what to do, so I do the opposite and sit in sad misery feeling bad for myself or I watch Starcraft videos with Josh.  But there are happy things:

1.  My work computer desktop uses Microsoft 7 and I have a desk widget on it that tells me the time in different time zones.  With my new position I was able to add Mountain Time to it.  I now work with people in each of the US time zones (except Alaska and Hawaii)...which means I know people across the country.  I have to take each of them into account when I set up meetings, make phone calls, expect response emails.  This makes me happy.

2.  I grew a fruit fly, caught it, killed it, fed it to my venus fly trap.  NOTHING HAPPENED.  It didn't even close.  I'm not sure what that's about...but I'm happy I got to try.  I will try again.

3.  I paid my bills.  I was only late on my Comcast one...not the important ones like the credit card.  That makes me very happy.  I thought it was be hard and hurt me to pay the bills, so I had put it off.  It wasn't hard at all and it didn't hurt.

4.  Learning new things makes me happy.  My mom sent me a book she read once.  It's about healing and cells and stuff.  My childhood, life, view, some beliefs, everything I learned from my mom all makes sense now!  I now understand the thought process and reasoning in a whole new way behind telling your cells in your body you are not sick, and then you won't be.  (We didn't go to the doctor because we didn't believe in sickness....and to tell the truth, I never got sick.)  Reading that book makes me happy.  It's like a hug from my mom when ever I open it up.  It also forces me to open my mind REAL wide because it doesn't follow the path of logic and science I've been studying for the past 10 yrs.

Disclaimer:  We believed in sickness.  We weren't some crazy back woods family or anything like that.

5.  I'm happy Josh's mom and brother are visiting.  Having people in our house disrupting my fragile balance and routine is causing me to stress in anticipation...but I want to try and experiment.  I want to not be stressed about I'm going to think about all the strange, fun, and different things that could happen that will be exciting.  Plus they are family, not strangers, so it's easier to let them in for long times.  I'm not sure where they're going to sleep though....  I'm letting Josh worry about that one.

6.  I'm happy I have a kitty like Ackbar.  This morning I tried to pick him up but he was in the kitchen, so I had to get past Josh who was looking in the pantry, and I jostled him.  Then Ackbar ran away from me and went through Josh's legs, in his way. I chased Ackbar out and bumped into Josh really good.  Then the tapioca fell and spilled a lot.  I picked up Ackbar and gave him a big hug.  Josh blamed both of us for the tapioca, and I held Ackbar and we watched Josh clean it up. Ackbar likes to be held so long as he can still watch what's going on.  I think he's a scaredy cat and is braver when he's held.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In Which Coffee Makes Me Manic

It's Holiday Season!!!   I've made my favorite side dish fluff.  Gluten free apply mini muffins are just as delicious as gluten ones!  I have 2 thanksgiving parties this week.  (One is work related).  I'm helping an older couple I know with low mobility to get their newly moved into house ready for the holidays this weekend.  Josh's mom and brother are visiting.  Craft day is Sunday! 

Next week I shall bake at minimum 3 pies and eat at minimum one piece of each.  I'll wake up early and drive to memphis on Friday.  Spend the weekend with the Colombini family.  

Friendsgiving is coming!

The Lions might win!

I want nothing for Christmas unless it was crafted by someone or from a local store.  No target, no kohls, no walmart gifts.  Save you money and give me a hug!  I love hugs...unless you are creepy.  Okay, so I'm more particular than most on who I let hug me, but I'm trying!

Ackbar grew special armpit tufts of hair that stick straight out for this season.

And I get to see Demitri Martin on Friday!

Damn, it feels good to be a gangster.

Monday, November 14, 2011

In Which I Eat an Apple and Type at the Same Time

It sure has been a while hasn't it?  Well, it's been quite a busy past few weeks here in Nashvegas.  During the days it was all GET-READY- FOR-THE-MEETING at work, then at home it was all P.A.R.T.A.Y!!!

Just kidding on that last part.  It was more like SLEEPING.  We did go out one Friday night for a friend's birthday.  We went to Tribe, one of the local gay bars.  The bartender called Josh "babe".  I think he was shocked and maybe a little complimented.  I always feel happy when bartenders say nice things to me like that....but I'm a woman and that's what men do, compliment us.  (Not really sure what I'm talking about here...just typing really fast.)  Then we went to Karaoke! Whooo hooo!  I love karaoke so much.  We went to a different place than my normal bar, and it was much less crowded.  The best part?  I got to sing Wonder Boy by Tenacious D!  The other place has a strict no Tenacious D policy.  It's my favorite song to sing.

Sunday I woke up early and drove with co-workers to Philadelphia, Mississippi.  Mississippi mind you.  Have you heard of this town? Probably not because there is nothing there.  The casino was nice and I actually did like the incredibly and unbelievably long walk from the room to the main meeting area.  The food was terrible though!  And having to avoid wheat as I do, there was very little to choose from.  Mostly just chicken wings.  There were no veggies the entire week.

I tried to bring my own food, which mostly worked out well.  I did have to eat one gluten free bagel with peanut butter.  It was dry and horrible.  I only like bagels when they have 1/4 inch of cream cheese on them.  I had bought some rasberries and brought them with me.  On the first day I ate a bunch and then felt terribly sick.  The sickness pain hit me while I was walking through the loud and smoke-filled casino floor to our "food".  I sat down, then had to get up and find the bathroom.  I asked a woman at the nearby resteraunt, and she wouldn't let me in there and looked at me like I was a freak because I didn't know where the check in desk was.  I found the woman's bathroom just in time to throw up in the garbage can in front of the woman cleaning the bathroom.  That was fun.

My new position at work is sort of a big deal.  I didn't know.  I've already got Chiefs lined up and waiting to talk to me.  I exaggerate only a little.  The head boss here talked to me again.  That's like a record or something.

How long does it take for fruit flies to hatch from an apple core?  How long can I keep an apple core on my desk before my coworkers make me throw it away?  Oh, I need the fruit flies to feed my venus fly trap.  I might catch some ants tonight and bring them in tomorrow to feed it.