Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Internet silence...but I'll be back...

You're right. It's been awhile since I've posted.

I have no excuse for this, other than it's been busy around here, it's been hot, and I've been lazy.

The lazy, besides just laziness, has had a lot to do with the fact that I've been aware for awhile that I'm going to have to take an internet silence for an indeterminate amount of time, and that silence is scheduled to start later this afternoon.

This isn't a bad thing, necessarily. I think it is probably a good thing to step away from the internets from time to time and live in the real world. It will me that I will get some writing done that I really need to do. It will mean that I won't be sitting here ruining my eyes with the computer monitor for hours a day.

See, the thing is, I've been using my roommate's computer for the past little while, as mine is not currently talking to the wi-fi. It's probably a virus, but it could be any one of a number of other issues as well. I've got no clue, since I haven't had the money to take the computer in and get it checked out. However, she is scheduled to leave later today on vacation, and she is taking her computer with her. Understandable, right?

The good news is, she is also taking my computer along with her, since she is going to go spend time with her son, whose roommate is a computer guy and who is going to see if he can fix my computer. The plan is to ship it back to me when it is fixed, since my roommate's vacation will last until she has to come back and teach in the fall.

So, I won't be here for awhile, as I'll only have sporadic access to the internet, and then for only short periods of time, most likely to short to post here in any meaningful way.

However, when I do get the computer back, I will be back posting here. Music Sunday, Movie Monday, and all the other random stuff that comes through my brain and onto this blog.

So, until I'm back, have a good summer, keep hydrated, stay out of the heat as much as possible, and have fun.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Summer's coming...

It's been busy around here the past few days. I don't feel like I've accomplished much, but I've been going from early morning until time for bed every day the past few days.

Yesterday was typical, yet not. Got up to take my roommate to work and then took the (very unhappy) cat out to the SPCA to get fixed. Went and did the laundry. Came home long enough to eat breakfast/lunch (it was breakfast because it was the first thing I had eaten all day, but it was lunchtime by the time I had the time to eat) and get a few things done around the apartment, then went to pick up my roommate from work and then went out to retrieve the cat, who was now stoned in addition to being very unhappy. Brought the cat home and situated him so he wouldn't be doing any climbing and jumping. I went to the library while my roommate went to the gym, then went to dinner. By that time, I was ready to fall into bed. Right after I got in bed, though, the still-very-stoned cat escaped and came sauntering into my room looking quite puzzled and then went under my bed to hide. He didn't get to stay, but he tried.

So, today, I'm staying home (while my roommate takes some of her students on an end-of-school field trip to Yosemite) keeping an eye on the cat and trying to stay out of the heat. It's a little bit of respite before I have to go to CVP tomorrow to help with a workshop and then go back on Thursday for meetings.

We're also busy around here with the approaching end of school. My roommate has been getting her 8th graders ready for their Constitution test (which happens tomorrow), and she's been giving them a lot of written work to prep for the test, and I've been helping her grade all of that. She is also getting ready to take off in a couple of weeks to spend the summer with her kids on the other side of the country, and I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get around town while she's gone, since she's driving this year and the car won't be here. That will resolve itself eventually, but I've been spending quite a bit of time stressing over whether or not I'm going to have the money to get a bus pass for the month of July, or whether I'll be stuck at home for two months and relying on rides to get where I need to go. I don't like that option; I'm used to being able to come and go when I need to.

I've been avoiding watching the news lately: I'm sick and tired of hearing about one manufactured "crisis" after another in the government, mostly, and I just can't take all the reports of the tornado disasters in and around Oklahoma. If I have to watch another reporter stick a microphone in the face of another person who has lost their home, or members of their family, I'm going to scream. Why can't the press just leave those poor people alone to try to start recovering? Or, you know, put their microphones and cameras down and help the recovery effort.

Okay. That's where I am, and why I haven't been here. What have you all been up to, as summer approaches and as school is just out or just about to get out? Leave me a comment and let me know.