Just wanted to wish everyone a great holiday season, and share one of my favourite a cappella groups of all time, Straight No Chaser. I’ve been listening to them ever since I stumbled upon their song “Insomniac” years ago. Enjoy!
I thought, maybe perhaps, entry 800 would be something big. I was proven wrong….or was I? Who knows!
Big things to come.
Just when the world was about to end, it didn’t. While thinking it was getting better, it did. But parts got worse. And that leaves me where I am today. I am not at my story’s end.
But it did leave me with stories. Stories I want to share. I haven’t been ready to do so…until now. Stories to come: the roommate, the (ex) boyfriend, the kitten.
It’s one hectic world out there. And I haven’t disappeared yet.
This is not my story’s end. This is only the beginning.
Every time I read through my rss feeds that Wordpress has a new version out, I always tell myself “I should stop posting until I upgrade, so that I will actually upgrade”. This always backfires, because I’m quite lazy and upgrading requires things like FTPing files up. And then I have to do things like check for updates upgrade all my plugins and K2.
Upgrading plugins got a whole lot easier now though. Instead of trying to find all their websites, WordPress will list it for me on my plugins page. this may give me more incentive to not wait so long when upgrades come out, but I’ll probably end up being just as lazy.
You will also probably notice that everything looks funny again. I overwrote my old stylesheet, but I don’t know if I have a backup on my old machine or not. Oops. I guess we’ll find out eventually!
I have a new addition to my family, as of two weeks ago: Bellatrix. Bella (for short) is a 4 month old long haired kitten. She is the sweetest thing one could ask for! I could not imagine finding a better kitten.
Two Saturdays ago now, my friend Paul came down to accompany me to the shelter I was going to adopt from, the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (or MRFRS). Going into it, I didn’t want to find a kitten with a certain look, only a certain personality. I wanted a kitten that was very affectionate and outgoing, but not aggressive towards other cats.
When we got there, they had so many cute kittens! But also a lot of people looking to adopt. A few of the kittens went on hold really fast. Bellatrix was hiding in her cage, asleep on top of another kitten named James, so no one really saw her. There was another lady who wanted to see James, so I figured I would take a look at Bella. I instantly knew she was perfect: she crawled right up to me and started giving me kisses. Shortly after, she went to meet Paul and repeated her greeting with lots of kisses. I watched her for a while longer, before I made the final decision. I wanted to make sure she didn’t attack any of the other kittens, and she didn’t. I deemed her perfect, and started to fill out the paperwork.
She’s been home for almost two weeks now, and she seems to be teething. She keeps chewing on things, like the window blinds and my fingers. One night I was awoken to her biting my eyelids, and she actually made a small puncture just under my right eye. It wasn’t severe, it didn’t even bleed. But it was enough to concern me. I bought her some chew toys, but it seems she prefers my fingers and eyelids. Hopefully she will grow out of this phase soon, because it’s getting annoying fast.
It’s inevitable. If I buy shoes, I must blog about them. I guess it’s tradition. I always find shoes when I’m not looking for them. Except today I was. Odd coincidence. They’re very comfortable though.
Keyboards are funny things. When I first saw a keyboard when I was little, my first thought was “they messed up the alphabet”. With time, I got used to this messed up qwerty alphabet most people use every day. Typing became second nature, like reading or writing. Keyboard shortcuts became embossed into my life. New tab? Ctrl+t. Cut and paste? Ctrl+x *click* *click* ctrl+v. Can’t hear the music? Volume up key. Scroll to the end of a user agreement? Page down. The strange keys not in the normal English alphabet grew to be increasingly important, and became vital. Eight is no longer a number, 8 is now a letter.
So what happens if one of these letters is taken away from your alphabet?
Eight or so years ago, back when I was in high school, my spacebar broke. the spring that pushed it back up when you hit it had lost it’s bounce, and it was rendered useless. After a day of trying to hit it harder so it would register, I came to a conclusion: I would replace the space with periods in AIM. When I was writing a paper, an e-mail, or any kind of important document, I had one ready to go in the cut and paste buffer. It was only a ctrl+v away! My friends thought I was crazy when I.started.typing.everything.out.with.periods.instead.of.spaces. It was the only key conveniently placed enough so that I could reach it easily and still separate out words in a converation. As time passed, my typing speed with periods instead of spaces became just as fast as regular spaces. But then my keyboard was replaced, and I didn’t have to deal with the loss of a letter again.
A few days ago, the control key started acting funny. It seems to have shorted itself out, because whenever you press it it presses a random key on the keyboard instead. When trying to create a new tab, I have instead muted my sounds. Instead of copying a link, it replaces my selected text with “2″. At first, I thought Windows was fucking up, big time. I thought I should reboot, but sometime in my getting distracted and doing 50 other things on my computer, I realized my control key didn’t work. I pressed it a few times to make sure. And there it was, my sound was put on mute, and there was a bunch of random characters in the text box I tested it in.
“I need a new keyboard, I can just not use the control key until then.” That has proved increasingly hard. I’ve since realized how much I actually use that key. I had to remove both of them from the keyboard, since they both didn’t work anymore. Every time I open a new tab, there’s just a void. A void of an important letter to my alphabet. Control.
I always forget how good excercise makes me feel. I tend to get really lazy and not go out running when I really should. Getting my heartrate up and running around is something I need to remember to do more often, or even better, just do it without having to conciously think of it.
I’ve always been the kind of person to prefer something more fun over going to the gym. This includes soccer, softball, and ultimate frisbee. In high school, we used to be given choices each term of what we wanted to do. A few times when they offered tennis, they allowed a small group of us to go play ultimate frisbee instead. This was always great fun, because it was a group of close friends.
One of those close friends has recently informed me that there’s a group that gets together on Sundays to play still, in my hometown. I tend to forget it’s happening until it’s half an hour after it started. And since my hometown is 40 minutes away, it makes it not worth it at that point.
I’m determined to go at some point this summer, however. My work had a company softball game tonight, and I signed up to play. It was a lot of fun, even though I wasn’t very good and my team lost, because I still got to run around and I even hit the ball a few times. It’s left me very tired, but at least tonight I will have one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a while.