New Year’s Eve!

Yes, I'm still alive. Thank you guys for all the well-wishes. I think the cold is finally whipped. Yay! For a year-end wrap-up, here we go (in no particular order):

  • Christmas was wonderful. The kids all made it home. My mother-in-law and brother-in-law came. My parents didn't make it. Dad fell on the ice on Christmas Eve at some friends' house and got banged up and wasn't up to coming. I sent dinner and gifts home to them with my eldest son (who lives in the same town). My children made me sit and tell them how to cook Christmas dinner. Can you believe that? It felt… weird. I'm not used to being the "director", I'm used to "driving"! All in all, it was a great day, head cold and aching limbs be damned.
  • Something is going on with my internet at home. I'm so frustrated I could kick the cat. (Just kidding, kitties.) We live in the country, as I've mentioned, and we're in a wooded area that is kind of in a hollow as well. The only options we have for internet service are a.) dial-up and b.) satellite. I had one satellite service that was so-so and switched companies this summer to one that was to be faster for the same price. I've been grossly disappointed. For one thing, it seemed not faster – but the same – as the old one, for about two months. Now? It's slower than dial-up! I swear it is horrible. Plus, it costs like hell. I'm not a happy camper. I've got a year-old computer hooked to it which is only using about 1/8th of the hard drive space. I've run virus scans, spybot scans, defrag programs, etc. on the thing to make sure it is working optimally. I called the guy who installed it on Friday to see what he said. I mentioned maybe it had been blown a bit off signal… he assured me it wouldn't work at all had that happened. I find that difficult to believe when the same thing will happen to the television satellite. Hmmm…  Then he tried to tell me it was the computer until I explained I'd done all that service to it and still no better. I also disconnected any routers and networking stuff I'd had going (I'm supposed to be able to network up to 3 computers on it and I'd only been trying to network one – my laptop). Now I'm waiting for the service guy to figure out what is going on. This, of course, makes my blog-reading and writing and my gaming (oh, how I miss my WoW!!) non-existant except when I'm at work… which, we all know, is where I'm to be w-o-r-k-i-n-g. Yeah. What a quandry. Work or surf? *sigh* At any rate, this is one main reason why I've not been by to catch up with you all. Doesn't mean I haven't been thinking of you! Honest!
  • Christmas cards. They may be known as Valentines, but you're still getting them.
  • Dan Fogelburg died. Yeah. I didn't write about it when it happened, a few short weeks ago. He was only 56 and died of prostrate cancer, which he'd been diagnosed with back in 2004. I loved his music and Hubs and I had gone to two of his concerts years ago. One was very memorable as it was on Halloween and the whole band dressed up in costumes. Dan himself was a swash-buckling pirate-type with full-face mask. As the evening went on people begged him to remove the mask. In a big production he finally removed it – only to have a half-mask underneath! The crowd went crazy. Too funny! The music was wonderful and we're lucky to have such a large body of work to remember him by.
  • My son got married! In July. To a beautiful, sweet, and special girl. We love her like our own and are so happy for them. Only good things in their future.
  • After several months of increasing pain, I was finally diagnosed with a herniated disc in my neck. In about a week from now we should know what, if anything, is going to be done about it. Keep your fingers crossed it all gets resolved. In other related news – I found out I have a weird tolerance for 'potent' drugs like Vicodin and Oxycotin. Who knew?
  • The weather has been weird. We get ice, we get snow, we get fog, frost, more snow, more ice, wind… oh, what the hell am I saying? It's WINTER in Iowa!
  • Is it just me, or with each political phone call, knock on the door (even in the country), and ad it makes me hate that particular candidate more. Honestly. It is working against them. The first caucus is on Thursday and the 'big city' is going crazy getting ready for it. You think you've heard about all this stuff, you should live in MY state… we not only hear about it, but we hear about what is being done to get ready for it. I'm sick of it. Really, really, really sick of it. Is it going to be almost another year before we actually vote someone into office? Geez…

Okay, I'll shut up now. Let me just end by wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Stay warm and safe and give someone you love a hug for me!

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29 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve!”

  1. Oh your poor Dad! Hope he’s feeling better…that’s a tough thing to have over Christmas!

    And my internet connection at Palace Peanut is supposed to be “high speed”.but it’s not…not compared to what we use at work.

    Well, if I don’t blog before tonight, have a wonderful and safe New Years! 🙂

  2. I cannot imagine being in Iowa during caucus time. ANNOYING.
    But I’m glad you’re feeling better, glad Christmas was good and wish you all the best in 2008. 🙂

    P.S. I hear your weather is about to get way weird and be in the 50’s by the weekend. Whew!

  3. Hey Miss Sue! I sure hope your neck gets to be feeling better. Glad the cold is better though. And sorry about your computer woes!! anyways, I wish you a very Happy New Year!! 🙂

  4. Heh heh. Most years, our “Christmas” cards become “holiday” cards because we wait so long to send them. We’re bad, too. Don’t feel so bad.

  5. I’m so glad you had a great Christmas.

    The internet thing sucks pond water. If you want to get “techie” open a command prompt and type in the following:

    tracert -d

    This will trace the route your internet is using to get to yahoo. (or go to your provider’s web site, but I generally use yahoo as it’s easier to remember). What trace route does is show you each hop to each different router of your path to the site.

    It also tells you in milliseconds how long each hop takes. Sometimes it helps in tracking down problems. For instance I often run stuff for work that initially tries to reroute my signal to the office… so it slows down some of my internet browsing at times. But not to the point of dial up speed!

    In any case a tech with any ounce of intelligence should be able to use the trace route to help figure out where the problem lies. (it won’t tell him what it is – but it might just show where to look).

    Good luck!

  6. It sounds like you do have a problem with your service. It’s never the computer, and I know you have a great one anyway.

    Good luck with your neck. Glad it was diagnosed… hopefully properly. 🙂

    I agree about the candidates. Who are you voting for?

  7. The best way to guarantee that I will not vote for you, buy your product, or use your service is to call me at home.

    Good luck with the neck, I have arthritis in mine (rewards of a misspent youth), but it is usually OK unless I do something stupid (and I usually do).

    Happy New Year, and may 2008 be a year to remember (in a good way).

  8. Hey, glad you are at least able to get on here for a little while…sounds like you’ve been through an ordeal, in so many ways. I hope things get straightened out for you soon. You’re missed when you’re not around.

    I hope the coming year will be wonderful for you, and for those you love!

  9. Glad your feeling better. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year!

    (Sorry I was a bad blogger and haven’t been commenting much.)


  10. So does this mean you aren’t going to the caucusses?
    Hang in there, it will all be over soon.
    I am sending out New Years cards this year–why does time go by so fast?

  11. 1. Glad to know you’re still out there. Was starting to go through blog-reading withdrawal. 🙂

    2. It was not a year for Dad’s & Christmas. Glad to hear your dad is okay. Mine slipped & fell on 12/23 snowblowing in the driveway (they live in a condo!), broke his left hip, had surgery 12/24 and postponed the family Christmas until who knows when. He got home today and is doing well. J and I spent Christmas day at the hospital with Mom & sis, ate Chinese buffet (our own version of a Christmas Story repeated), and came home to a quiet house. Given how you were feeling, maybe it was for the best.

    3. Aren’t grown-up kids cool?! Gotta love it when they get it AND act upon it! (Really, I can see you in a directorial role. You did it for years when they were all home!)

    4. Wishing you health & happiness in the New Year! Here’s to getting your internet service running better!

    Love ya!

  12. may 2008 bring you much happiness and joy…

    I wonder if the connections on the cable bringing the satellite/dish to your house is bad, and water has gotten in the wires… I know that affected the signal and made our picture on the tv bad… and it changed with the weather.

    If you had this problem with your telephone line – I’d tell them you were having problems – because there is water in the line… (we had this problem)


    I’ve been missing you too. And here, I thought it was ME!

    I hope your 2008 is speedier, less political, and healthier for you and yours.

  14. Hi Sue
    I know the fun you can have with the internet. I have to take the slow speed stuff from the phone company cause my house is 700 feet from the medium speed phone wire and 900 feet from the super high speed wire and no plans for them to bring the wires any closer the the house in the near future. I told them I’d buy the 900 foot of wire, but that didn’t work either. Happy New Year

  15. We had an internet connection issue recently, too, but in the suburbs. Called the cable company begging for help and that was a huge waste of time. Hope you get your issues fixed.

    Ditto the caucus thing. Seriously. I’m tired of political phone calls and surveys and the shocked dismay I hear in the few actual human voices who call when I inform them I’ve not had a chance to consider a candidate between all the telephone calls.

    Happy New Year!!

  16. I feel the same way about the political phone calls, etc. If I didn’t already have an opinion on the person, it works to their disadvantage.

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