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Dec. 6th, 2007 12:22 pm
verbicide: (danny  - pounce - by quettaser)
I will update with something more substantial soon, but currently I am busy French-kissing Dreamweaver for its "Clean up Word HTML" feature.

Love, love, LOVE.
verbicide: (random)
Things accomplished:
- Best Buy (bought iMobile and excitingly frivolous dvds)
- Grocery shopped
- Formatted/installed OS on laptop
- Baked bread

So, yay.

Laundry is loaded, and I have to stay awake to toss it into dryer.

It is blazing hot for some reason and I'm cranky because I've already stayed up far too late. I probably won't have the energy to swim in the morning, which means I'll go to the pool at night, which is always more crowded. AND I was hoping to go to Zoka's with my French homework and start dedicating some extra time to that.

Not to mention, irritating girl-issues which I will hide behind a cut, because it's TMI. )

Outside of the carnage, it was a wonderful afternoon/evening. So delighted to have clean PC and laptop. Had a blast downloading all the cool Firefox extensions I'd been too lazy to install before because I knew this format/install was coming. Image Zoom is fucking SWEET.

Sarah is the perfect person to go to Best Buy with, and we ran around in geeky delight. We'd both grocery shopped before--Sarah brought over Buffalo burgers and buns. We came back home, had this lovely herbed Gouda I'd bought at the Farmer's market before and the joy of Triscuits (which I haven't had in some oddly lengthly time period) while Sarah prepped the grill and I steamed broccoli. We ate on the deck, and it was a lovely evening, with a cloudy pink sunset.

Then we sat down to watch A League of their Own and to eat chocolate-y desserts as part of the Menstruation Ritual.

Maybe a miracle will hit, and I will wake up to my new shiny iMobile alarm clock and want more than anything to go for a 7AM swim.

Also, once I get back from LA, I'm having all my hair chopped off. It's going to be summer soon, and I'm ready for it to be short!

I wish I could just not go to work tomorrow. But I have 80000 meetings and the Intern starts tomorrow, and I just can't not be there. Also, another hideous week of NO JEFF. *sulk* He's got some class thingie, but I might be able to dart over to the U District to have lunch with him, which is at least something.

Oooh, laundry's done. Time for bed!
verbicide: (bossa nova - by breezybee)
Decided that today was the day I would finally update the home PC to new, shiny, legit copy of XP Pro with Office Standard Edition 2003. So far, so exciting. Since after the last format, I knew I was about to buy updated software, I backed up everything to the D drive and kept things contained.

There's something so darling about a format/install. And I have to admit, it's really nice to finally have XP on this thing. Works so much better than 2K. Also, I really love my case. While it's not pretty or fancy looking, it requires only the twisty of two knobby screws and latches to remove the side panel, and things are very easily accessible. Must plug in backup drive again so as to access, well, everything.

Now, the fun of installing updated, fresh copies of everything.

Also in the works for today:

- trip to Best Buy/Target
- grocery shopping for the week
- format/install OS/software on laptop
- baking some bread

Can't decide if I should use the $180 reward dollars at Best Buy to buy iPod alarm clock, which I've wanted for some time. Or to go hog wild and buy every movie I've ever wanted, but was too cheap to buy. Perhaps a combination of both. Wish I'd gotten the coupons before Deadwood Season Two came out, brh.

Trying to get back on a solid workout/diet regime again. This week's plans:

Swimming on MWF mornings
Weightlifting/fitness ball on TTh evenings

Breakfasts: cereal, luna bar, or banana
Lunch: some variation of sandwich

Dinners:

Monday: baked chicken breast, stuffed with spinach, red peppers, and chevre (inspired by the weekend crepe) and salad with homemade dressing, pears, and smoked almonds.
Tuesday: grilled chicken breast (the tangerine/chipotle recipe, I think) and couscous and broccoli
Wednesday: soft tacos with ground turkey with spanish rice
Thursday: taco salad

Friday, I leave for LA for Mo's graduation. Looking forward to seeing family, but dreading travel. Should be a nice, quick visit though.

tee hee

Jan. 14th, 2006 10:46 am
verbicide: (Default)
I am a small and petty person. Hee.

I just got a call from my cousin Mo. Her network was down and she wanted to know if I remembered what the the password was on the Netopia I gave her two years ago. The answer was, 'Um. No..."

But I could hear that there was some guy in the background helping her. So she eventually just handed me over to him. I thought he was just a college friend, with more 'computer' experience than Mo. The guy was polite enough, but I couldn't figure out why he was talking to me like I was someone who didn't know what I was talking to. He was giving me very baby'd answers, which didn't match the level of my questions. So. I instinctively snapped into Tech Mode. I'm not rude in Tech Mode, but I'm fairly authoritative and okay, a little imperious.

I worked as a tech for many years, with a lot of guys who assumed I didn't know what I was talking about. And to be fair to this guy, he didn't know I was a tech, he just thought I was a cousin who gave routers as presents.

So I started asked questions and telling him what to do. And I probably wasn't being very gentle about it. His tone changed fairly quickly. Hee. I told him exactly what to do, and he hesitantly thanked me, gave me back to Mo, who also thanked me, and I got off the phone.

Ten minutes later, Mo called me back. She was very cute. She thanked me again, said that as soon I got off the phone, he tried to explain to her why what he was doing was just different, but okay, but as a test, he'd try my suggestion. It worked immediately. As he left, she thanked him, and he said, "Thank your cousin. She knows what she's talking about."

Mo said that it was really funny watching him. He'd started talking a bit condescendingly and then she could see him sort of wilt and go to deferential. I did tell him I worked for Netopia, so hopefully he won't feel too bad about it. Because it's not his fault for not being a Netopia expert.

There are very few things I feel I can speak with such confidence about and I think funnily enough, the Netopia router will always be one of those things.

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