Having Fun Yet?

Sorry I’ve been missing. Partly it has been an issue with the evil forces of the internet. You know… those stupid virus-maleware types again. Thanks again to Brad for fixing me. Sheesh. I wish that would just stop. It really gets annoying. Hope none of you got infected. It upsets me on so many levels. Mainly because I’m afraid it will scare off all two of you who are still reading this.

The other reason for my lack of posts is the season. We are full-swing into harvest now. Among other things my sleep patterns are all messed up. Yesterday morning I was wide awake at 3 a.m. Then I worked until 7 p.m. only to turn around and be wide awake again this morning at 4 a.m. I mean, c’mon! We are so busy and then my brain just seems to not want to shut off. Glad this is only a seasonal thing. If it lasted year-round I’m sure I would have a melt-down. I feel sorry for those people who have these kinds of long and stressful days every day. I couldn’t do it.

Last, I just once more want to mention that no matter how much I rant and rave around the internets… my heart knows just how lucky I really am. I have seen so much loss, hurt, sorrow, pain… there are people hurting all over the blogosphere and in my real life and I feel for them. I suppose I should just shut up and quit whining, but then what would I blog about? KIDDING. (Sort of.)

To those of you who are hurting or have loved ones who are hurting… you know who you are. You know that I care. To those of you who have things going pretty good right now? Take a minute to acknowledge that… be it to your God, the Universe, or just to yourself.

Boooorrriiinngg

Yes, my posting as of late has been terribly boring. Ho-hum. This post isn't gonna be much better.

  • Dad. No news yet. He's still depressed as well and he and mom refuse to come for thanksgiving, even if my son brings them. Now I hear they don't even want me to send food down for them. Argh.
  • Me. Shoulders. Doc was entirely too impressed with my progress. Tells me no more physical therapy, just continue exercises at home. For the rest of my life. Yup. I'm not kidding. That's exactly what he said. I've got three strikes against me – I'm female, I'm diabetic, and I've had back surgery. That, in his words, is the trifecta of reasons why I will have to continue to fight this forever. Yay me. Supposedly the pain will go away. Some day. I'm not holding my breath.
  • Work. Well, because of all the rain we got I actually managed a weekend off. I barely knew how to contain myself. I did do a few things I should do… and I did do a few things I shouldn't. A nice balance.
  • Harvest. Is getting there. Should get done with all our grain today, then have some harvesting left to do for landlords. Hopefully will finish before Thanksgiving. Probably won't finish field work by then, but one thing at a time.
  • Turkeys. It's turkey time at work. Time to deliver to the customers who've spent the most money. It is a customer appreciation thing, but it is a pain to have to do this time of year. Oh, well…at least *I* don't have all that many to take.
  • Internet. My youngest son found out we could use wireless broadband service. Anywhere. Even at our house in the country. This has turned out to be miraculous. We have broadband speed and it is HALF the price! I'm so tickled pink I can barely stand it. I can finally play WoW without lag! Whoo hoo! I mean… I can get my work done in half the time…. um…. yeah….   The neat thing is, hubs can use it at the shop or on the road (he got a laptop finally) where he only used to have dial up! He's almost as excited as I am! Kudos to the son!
  • FNG. The new guy at work has about 27 strikes against him so far. There is an office pool going as to how long he's here. More on that later.
  • It's cold. My car said it was 17 degrees today on the way to work. Seventeen. Brrr. Thank goodness for heated seats!

Have a good week!

Amazement

I'm always amazed when something actually happens when it should. I guess you guys have more power than I originally gave you credit for! The internet repairman showed up! Whoot!

I think the internet is fixed at home. I've not had much time to mess with it yet, and haven't gotten my network all set up as it should be, but I've not heard any cussing coming from the office since he came, so I guess Hubs is happy with the result.

Now I'm just going to try and get all that stuff re-attached this week. Oh, and in other news, Hubs says I can get a new laptop. I'm really tickled, seeing as I use my laptop more than my desktop – and will absolutely be using it when I'm laid up. Now if I can just get one and get it all set up before surgery next week. Keep fingers crossed, everyone – you were so powerful the last time, I'm counting on you!

Remember, though… that was a pretty minor request compared to the one I'm going to ask you next week. A week from today is my surgery. You know what to do! I'll be reminding you.

Thanks!

Good News Bad News

Ah, yes… again we have a quality Na-no-poo-poo blog post. (Why can't I remember the name of that thing? Oh yeah. We talked about that. Nevermind.)

It is Sunday, typically your day of rest. Somebody's day of rest. Not mine.

In the bad news department: Tech support never contacted me and my computer program is still locking me out.

In the good news department: Tech support never contacted me and my computer program is still locking me out.

See how nicely that worked out? If tech support had, in fact, unlocked my program, I'd be writing this from work instead of the cozy confines of my bed.

Further good news bad news~

Bad news: Yesterday afternoon I get a call from Hubs. My son was driving the tractor through the field putting on anhydrous (if you don't understand this farmer-speak, just keep reading as understanding is not necessary) the windshield of the tractor exploded!!

Good news: Son wasn't hurt, just scared shitless. Hubs said when son called him his voice was about four octaves higher than normal. It will be fixed, but probably not until Tuesday. No clue why it happened.

More? You say you want more?

Good news: (Didya see how I switched it up on ya there? Keep up, people.) The new ergonomic keyboard and mouse I bought work beautifully, after some minor adjustment to my brain. The keyboard takes some getting used to but once you do it works famously.

Bad news: I am going back to my old keyboard. Why? Because I can't type a fucking thing right on any other keyboard now. The world doesn't run on ergonomic keyboards. If it did, I'd be set. Unfortunately, even changing out my home desktop computer to an ergonomic keyboard has only managed to screw up Hubs' typing skills (yes, he has mad skillz). Still? Typing on my laptop became a joke. A JOKE. I don't like to be joking when I'm trying to type in a swift and accurate manner. So… anybody want an ergonomic keyboard? I'm keepin' the mouse. I loves the mousie.

So, that's it for today. Looking forward to a day off. Well, off of my "town" job. I still have all that laundry, dishes, bookwork, yada yada yada… you know. Still? The company is much better at this job.

Monday Musings (on Tuesday)

The verdict is still out. 

Yesterday I stayed home from work for the internet installer. He was to come at noon. I stayed home to do some housecleaning so that I could let him IN the house. (I worked Saturday, and was lazy Sunday… what can I say?) At any rate, he showed up about 1:30 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Considering he was working in almost 90 degree heat, full sun, and high humidity, I gave him a break. Also we have had him do installs before of our television satellite systems, so had a lot of faith in him. He, too, was the guy who wired our whole house for internet and cable as we were building. In other words, I think he knows his stuff.

The internet thing is new. He's gone to some training for it and had installed one other system before ours, but said it went pretty well.

He worked until about 4 o'clock when his wife showed up to do the computer side of it – the settings, etc. She seemed to know her stuff to a point. I saw her reading her "cheat sheet" several times and once or twice I had to show her a thing or two. Oh, well. I'm about half-again as old as she is and she told me she was a self-taught computer person, too, so I figured I had a few years of experience on her. She hit a small glitch at one point when the e-mail didn't seem to work correctly, but when she called support they told her they were having small outages here and there and maybe that was the trouble, to wait awhile and try again. The support people looked at the website that showed the settings for my system and pointed out some part had a red flag, that maybe it needed a bit of adjustment to the alignment. Then again, they said, it might correct itself. (That would be a new one! ) Her husband had already left on another job, and we couldn't get that particular website to come up on my system, so she said she'd monitor it from home and let me know.

Today I was messing around getting all my address list, accounts, this and that, all switched to the new e-mail. I had the webmail site up here at work so I could monitor what was happening. I was a bit worried as the "test" e-mail we'd sent last night from my old account still hadn't appeared in the new one. After getting through about 25 listings (did you ever realize HOW MANY things we sign on with our e-mail or have to give them an e-mail address?) I had a couple that were going to send me verifications that I had to return. They hadn't shown up either.

Leave it to me, the snoop. I went to the webpage for the company and went into the installer's page to see what I could find… and lo and behold! She'd given me the wrong friggin' name to use in my e-mail. Arrrggghhhh!  Yeah. It's a wonder I have any hair left.

After I plugged in the right e-mail address and sent a test message to myself, it popped right up! Amazing. I decided to be nice and call the installers so they wouldn't be giving out incorrect information to other people. They told me at that time the red flag was still waving and they would probably be back out tonight to check the alignment of the dish and see if they could get it where it needed to be. So far, I think it's a slight bit faster, but I'm guessing if they get all green lights it will be maximum speed.

I didn't even bother messing with getting my network set up again last night. By the time she left the house, I still had to go grocery shopping – one of those dreaded jobs. Especially at 5 o'clock when everyone else is going after work. Oh, well… gotta eat.

Will let you know what happens. I finally remembered (after I got some comments come in on my old e-mail) that I needed to change the one here, too. Duh. It's been a long couple of days…

Unexpected

I knew there would be repercussions…

We get home from camping and our internet is out. Why? No clue. I hate to call the repair guys as I'm SUPPOSED to be getting a new service (if he ever shows). Still… how long can I stand it? (I'm writing this at work.)

Hubs tells me it's because we "stole" i-net service while camping.

Yup. Payback is hell.

Welcome!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Be patient as I get used to the new "home". There is lots of work still to do… I have some things to unpack and I'm not sure where to put them or where they will look good, so it may take a bit to make this really "homey". I'll be playing a bit with themes, but you should be used to that! I've tried to get the people who I really MUST visit in blogland when I get the time over on the blogroll immediately, and there are still lots of you left to add, so please be patient.

If you see some link that is bad, or something doesn't work right, please let me know as soon as you can. I've had a great mentor, Brad , helping get this all set up and he's worked hard and long to get it right. Anything that's screwed up you can bet is because I've "played" with it and messed up whatever wonderful setting he had already put in. Any mistakes are mine and mine alone. All the "good" credit goes to him, however.

Back to regular posting soon!

You’ve GOT to be Kidding Me

You know how I just got a new computer at home? Well, ignore that for a minute. It’s fine and I love it. Remember how I just got a new computer at work? Yeah. Let’s talk about it. When the Company I Work For got me the new ‘puter, they didn’t get me a new monitor. Why? Because I’m half blind and they’d already put out the bucks for a nice, flat panel, 20″ monitor and they didn’t feel the need to do it again. Not a problem. I thought. Until yesterday.

Go ahead, ask. “What happened yesterday?”. Yeah, innocent questioner you. HA. I repeat. HA.

Yesterday morning as I was minding my own business and working away like the busy worker clone that I am, I hear a slight “pop” and then… wait for it… my monitor screen goes blue. Blue? Yes. Not the BLUE SCREEN of DEATH. Nope. This was more like the orange tint your old Polaroid pictures get after 20 years in a cardboard box in the depths of hell known as the attic. Except, instead of having a lovely orange cast, everything was blue. Blue was the new white.

Remembering when I got this monitor new, I realized what must have happened. I remember playing with the settings. (Don’t give me that look… you all do it too.) I remember it having a particular feature that you could set the ‘lighting’ for daytime or night – and then for text, movies or pictures. I distinctly remember the night-time settings as being… blue tinted. Uh-huh. My monitor has gone to the darkside. I tried playing with settings, but to no avail. Nothing would give me back my white whites.

I hooked up a co-worker’s monitor, just to be sure it wasn’t some setting I’d accidently changed. Nope. With his screen attached I once more had white whites, red reds and green greens. It was all the way it was supposed to be.

I’m home for a day or two. I have a new monitor on it’s way. Another 20″ flat panel.

Now, if I could just get the damn external hard drive they got me for backups to be recognized by the computer, I’d be set. Technology. I love it. When I don’t hate it.