Random Inkings

June 5, 2008

Cat Butts and WTH?

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 2:49 pm

What is it with cats insisting on being right in the middle of anything you are trying to do? Seriously, people. I need to be working here.

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Both my cats absolutely insist on sitting right in the middle of the papers I need to look at. I must move them out of the way over twenty times a day. Not like there isn’t plenty of room for them in other areas of my desk. Or better yet, on the window sill. Yes, Maxie, that’s where you should be sitting. Could you please tell your sister, Marie, that’s where she needs to be too? 

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And Merlin needs to STAY OFF MY COMPUTER.

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May 25, 2008

I wonder…

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 9:10 am

If I do these exercises, will I have a body like these? Middle of the night paid TV programming about Zumba Fitness convinces me that I will. My Weight Watchers leader does this and I want to give it a try. It looks like so much fun. I may just order the video and try it at home to see how I do with my fibro. The concept is so basic – just like dancing around in your living room when no one is watching. The difference is that the music is awesome, I’d learn how to do those sexy moves, and have a great time looking like an idiot in front of everyone, or no one, if I’m at home. Hey, I’m up for looking like an idiot. If it means getting some exercise without any nasty residual flare-up, I’m all for it. Check it out.

 

May 21, 2008

Let’s ban the exclamation mark!!

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 9:21 am

I am going on record to say that exclamation marks are overused. Seriously. I’m working with some copy right now that has them spattered all over the text as if they were sprinkles on a birthday cake. I’m sorry, I’m not supposed to be editing the text, but I’m saving the world from extraneous exclamation marks that are completely useless.

And in case you question the double exclamation marks in my heading, that was completely in jest and if you didn’t get it, then you have no sense of humor.

May 18, 2008

The Things I Do For Money

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 11:35 am

notebook I’ve totally f*d up my computer – well, not totally, and I didn’t do it, really. The big not-Apple software giant did. I have this pretty new computer that was running just perfectly on Windows Vista Home Premium, but Friday when I went onto their campus (that’s what they call it, and it’s appropriately named) to configure my computer to hook up to their corporate network, they said the operating system wouldn’t be compatible. Huh?

Ok, so, whatever. They wanted me to have Vista Enterprise on there and I figured, okay, fine, you’re giving me the software for free. They did, and more, and I have to say, everyone was really nice and very helpful while we did all this. I got Office 2007 (all programs possible) as well, for free, installed. However to get there was a pain in the ass to say the least. I had to backup my computer to an external hard drive, reformat the operating system, install Vista Enterprise, and then Office 2007, then configure everything so I could access their corporate mail through Outlook remotely, move my backup files back to my PC, delete them from the external hard drive, and then finally go home. At one point, I’d been on the phone with their helpdesk (in India) for two hours. The whole ordeal took me eight hours, and when I got home, I couldn’t connect to my wireless. I had to then go to the recovery portion of my computer and reinstall drivers and such so I could connect to my own home network. Finally, I’ve lost all my RSS feed links, all my email (I don’t know where they put it) and all my personal configurations.

The thing I noticed just now that ticks me off is that my video driver must be different now because when I playback a video I took yesterday of Cayden, it’s all jumpy, instead of the previously smooth playing video that I had before. Yikes.

The good news? My computer is now configured with all the stuff I need for business and to continue contract work with this company who loves using vendors for writing and editing. And I like the woman I’m doing work for, and the group, so hopefully it will be a nice long-term relationship. Time will tell.

May 8, 2008

I Have Coded

Filed under: Uncategorized — Little Miss @ 7:33 pm

No, not like on Gray’s Anatomy, although, maybe… but more as in coding cascading style sheets (CSS). I’ve been working on my work blog all day, just about, and finally have a template that is widget ready. Now I need to add an icon and a link to the top right sidebar so that people can subscribe to my blog.

I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do that? Anyone care to enlighten me?

Meanwhile, I’m getting pretty good at coding .php pages. Ha!

 

EDITED TO ADD: Never mind – I found the coolest tool. It’s called Add to Any Subscribe and you add it as a plug-in to a self-hosted WordPress site. Check it out. Coolest thing ever. I could have saved myself HOURS and HOURS had I found this first. Sheesh.

Zoom Zoom goes the Bimmer

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 7:10 am

My brother races BMWs. Well, only one BMW – his. He’s had this baby for years and is very proud of it. He’s probably invested as much in this car as I have in my home remodeling upgrades.

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He’s a champion out in the Midwest and this September I’m going to go out there and watch him race in the “Nationals”. I don’t know the official race name, otherwise I’d tell you. I’ve not been out to where he lives since I was, oh, around 20 and lived there with a small baby daughter. He’s been out here numerous times and I want to go spend some time with him and his girlfriend, Ann. I’m really looking forward to it and he’s promised to take me to Table Rock Lake and out on his boat. It will be a blast, I’m sure.

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April 30, 2008

What’s with it?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Little Miss @ 10:22 pm

The “possibly related, automatically generated” links at the bottom of some WordPress blogs these days? How did those appear? Is this something we have to set up on our blogs ourselves? Is it that some templates have it and others don’t?

Anyone care to enlighten me?

April 28, 2008

The Hardest Lesson to Remember

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 9:21 pm

It’s the world’s oldest cliche. When the way is unclear, keep on moving forward. Don’t lose your focus. Don’t give up. When times get tough, the tough get going, and all that jazz. <Add your own cliche here.>

But the biggest lesson I’ve learned in my life so far is “To thine own self be true.” This doesn’t necessarily mean to always put your needs above everyone else’s; it doesn’t mean to be selfish or self-absorbed. This means that you have to be true to your heart’s desire, to honor your strengths, and your passions. Diluting your spirit by expending your energy in areas that do not bring you joy or peace is just a waste of time.

I guess I’ve just been very aware lately of a higher force working in my life lately. There are times when that realization is obscured by doubt, low self esteem, fear, worry, and much more, but then, just before I’m about to give in, something happens and the clouds of uncertainty are blown away.

What happened, you wonder?

I’d been discouraged lately about finding enough work to keep me afloat while I start my new business and wondering if I really was going to need to get a “traditional” job again, commuting 5 days a week to somewhere I hated. I’d blogged about interviews for jobs I’d gone to that were close to what I wanted but then didn’t get, or they were so far off from what I am good at that I’d gotten depressed – again, fearful that I’d have to go back to traditional Corporate America.

But patience and maybe good old stubbornness reigned and today I had two interviews for the same work with a client (through a consulting agency) that will be some very steady full-time work, at least until the end of June, and very possibly for much longer after that. And best news? It’s 100% remote. YAY. The manager fully believes and encourages flexibility, while demanding results. THAT, I can do.

It’s exactly what I was looking for. And they want to hire me. That light I see isn’t a car coming head-on, but rather a prayer answered.

The cherry on the top of the cake? I’m down another 1.4 pounds! WOOHOOO!

April 24, 2008

ILF – It Looks Funny

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 3:51 pm

 

image I pass this bank almost every day. They have a branch in the local Safeway store near me. You have no idea how many times I’ve wanted to sneak over to their outdoor sign at night and paint an apostrophe between the e and the s of Peoples. But I don’t because that’s vandalism. I’m sorely tempted though. However, today I was in the store and I caught the eye of one of the tellers and stated, “Do you realize your bank name is missing an apostrophe?”

“No, it’s not” he retorted. I asked he why and, with a broad sweeping gesture of his arm, he said, “Because it’s peopulllllzzzzz, as in a lot of people.”

Oh dear god.

I told him people was already plural but he said, “No, it means more people.” He couldn’t explain it better than that.

So, editor that I am, I had to come home and look it up in the dictionary.

Merriam-Webster says this:

5. plural    peoples : a body of persons that are united by a common culture, tradition, or sense of kinship, that typically have common language, institutions, and beliefs, and that often constitute a politically organized group.

So, I guess, in a sense, I’m wrong and the dumb guy at the bank is right, but what a bad idea for a name. Really, folks. Obviously, I wasn’t the first person to question it as he seemed to have a pat answer, even if he was inarticulate.

Could you imagine having to say that every day when answering the phone? “Thank you for calling Peoples Bank.” I’d develop a lisp, I’m sure.

And I was so distressed about the whole thing, I ran a red light.

April 22, 2008

About Freaking Time

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 3:11 pm

That we had a nice day, weather-wise.

0422081218aThis picture was taken from my camera phone as I took Lily for a walk during my “lunch hour”.  This is heading back down the hill toward my house, and I tried to zoom in as far as I could so you could see the mountains in the horizon. It’s just beautiful.

The weather turned nice today, which is about a 180 degree change from Saturday where we had four inches of snow on the ground. Go figure. But the sun warmed the body (mine) enough that the coolness outside that still lingers didn’t bother me so much. It actually felt good.

I walked 1.2 miles today, so we’ll see how that impacts my fibro. Lily sure is a good walker. She loved walking with me and every now and then stopped to look up at me, like, are you okay? you need a break? how am I doing, Mom?

Okay, back to work because, thankfully, I finally have some paying work to do right now. I’ll get used to this feast or famine thing, and once I have a cushion in my bank account it won’t freak me out so badly. But I was seriously getting depressed over it. The walk helped the depression, that’s for sure.

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