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I know enough to be dangerous

Yeah, I'm still alive.

I've been having computer issues, but I think everything's fine now. I hope. I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter, but I really haven't completely abandoned LJ.

I wanted to take a class in web design, but there was a basic computing class I had to take first. That class required Office 2010 and almost required Windows 7. I went ahead and upgraded the OS because I figured it would make life easier in the long run. So far I don't mind Windows 7 too much. But I did manage to end up with three copies of just about everything on my hard drive. It seems that winutilities backs everything up before deleting duplicate files, and there were so many that it froze on my machine before deleting anything. That left the files that I had saved where they were supposed to be, on my backup harddrive, in the old.windows files, and in the backup files that winutilities saved in preparation for deleting everything before freezing mid-transaction. *facepalm*

I think I've gotten rid of the excess crap now. I hope. My beloved computer still wants to freeze all too often but I'm not done fighting that tendency. I have a few more scans to try to find out what's going on. If you have any ideas let me know.

Come the fall semester, I'll be actually designing a web site and I can't wait. I just have a final project and a final exam left in the prerequisite class now, and I've been doing really well so far. I could probably even skip the rest of this class and still pass. My terrible history in school still has me terrified but I really am in good shape now.

And now I know one heck of a lot about Office 2010 that I hadn't even guessed at before. My available work hours will suck (I still have a sleep issue to deal with and now a late morning/early afternoon class) but I may still be able to temp, which is one hell of a lot better than more retail.

Meanwhile, I've been doing cat sitting for two households and plowing through data entry for a local city council candidate.

And that's what's going on.

More later.

I promise.

BTW, if you live in Charlottesville, please vote for Kathy Galvin. Please. And avoid Dede Smith. She is really frightening.


Wish me luck.

I am also now a major Kindle addict. I don't have much money but I do have more than 1300 ebooks. Almost all of them are freebies, with a few cheapies and far fewer full-price titles. Since I got my Kindle in March, I have read 35 books. Given that the standard reading challenge now is 50 books I think I'm in damn good shape to make that particular self-imposed deadline now. If you want to follow along my name on Goodreads is thisdaydreamer, just like here and on Twitter and in a few other places. I have the same name on swagbucks, where I am trying to earn some Amazon gift cards.

And it does seem that my earlier impression that I couldn't handle classic books was completely wrong. I have now read War and Peace, The Scarlet Letter, The Beautiful and the Damned, Crime and Punishment, The Possessed, Don Quixote, Anna Karenina, The Woman in White, Tale of Two Cities, The Haunted Bookshop, The Three Musketeers, and Jane Eyre and found them all to be fun to read rather than torturous. I'm sure it helped a lot that I didn't have to write anything about them or discuss the symbolism, themes, characterization, etc.. The fact that I spent a grand total of $0.95 for all of the above certainly helped a great deal.

I am cat-sitting for two families now. One of them just got back from a long trip and the other just got a puppy. I'm definitely upping my fee to take care of the new canine, but I think I'll have fun with the little bit. He really is a little bundle of love and play and adorableness. I have very little experience with dogs, and really am a cat person by nature, but I can deal with this guy.

I have not given up on my nanowrimo title. I'm still working on it and may yet see it in print. I have always wanted to be a writer by trade and I haven't even come close to being chased away from that dream.

Not that it's been easy.

As you have likely guessed my Depression came back. To make matters worse, I am now officially diagnosed with PTSD. Grr. I had suspected the latter for quite a while but I always hoped it wasn't That Bad. I guess it really is. I should have known.

But I sure as hell am not hopeless. And I WILL NOT GIVE UP.

PS, fantasy fans: I have read and recommend: Sword of Shannara, Elfstones of Shannara, Wishsong of Shannara, Blue (by Lou Aronica), The Demon Girl, The Mists of Avalon (a classic in its own right), Luthiel's Song; Dreams of the Ringed Vale, Luthiel's Song; War of Mists (I got a free copy of the latter because of my review - a wonderful book even without the welcome bribe), Foundation (by Asimov of course), Eleganta, Sympathy for the Devil (freebie from Baen.com), Forward the Mage (also freebie from Baen), and The Book of Deacon. And that's just what I've read this year. What I haven't reviewed on Goodreads and Amazon I'll get to soon.


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Jul. 29th, 2011 09:39 am (UTC)
If you want more ebooks, just let me know - I have literally tens of thousands. And I can send you some on web design etc if you like - I have lots of those.

I can also point you to places where you can get a lot of free (legal) ebooks as well.

Edited at 2011-07-29 09:40 am (UTC)
Jul. 31st, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: computer doom, ah, another fine learning experience. [rueful grin] My sympathies, but hey, at least you learned something with the conquering of all of that. I should reread "War and Peace" one of these days -- I haven't read it since I was a child. (I got "Anna Karenina" when I was older, and so feel that my experience of reading that is closer to my adult understanding.) I love the Three Musketeers, and really Dumas-style French romance in general. There's a lot more if you like that kind of thing which is equally delightful.
Jul. 31st, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Unfortunately I haven't yet fixed the freezing issue. Google tells me it is a known issue with Windows 7 and there aren't any good solutions. I've tried pretty much everything I know how to and still haven't had any luck. Argh.
Aug. 2nd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
I have PTSD, too. If you ever want to talk let me know.
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