Thursday, November 30, 2006

Why I Hate Computers #882914038

So apparently while I was gone for my long weekend break, something happened to my laptop at home. It will connect to the wireless router, but I can't get online. I've tried shutting down and restarting, I've tried using Dell Support to walk through the settings, but nothing works. I'm pretty sure something is screwed up with the settings but I'm not knowledgeable enough about this stuff to know exactly what. And because I'm a cheapass, I didn't buy the extended service package from Dell that would enable me to call them and have them help me out.

Any ideas on how to fix this, aside from bringing it in to work and begging the Help Desk guys to help me? Anyone?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I'm a Comedienne

I mentioned to one of my internet freak friends (you know who you are!), while we were roaming around London, that I think I should start learning Braille now because I'm pretty sure I'm going to go blind one day. She thought this was quite funny.

I think I may have missed my calling.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Post Mini-Holiday Whine

I don't want to be home yet. I want to be back in London. Or somewhere else. Anywhere but behind this desk. I will admit to missing my own bed and my cats, but as for everything else - not so much.

So what's the solution? Start planning another mini-holiday, of course! But first I have to get through Christmas and New Year's and impossible work deadlines.

Check back for London stories in a day or two. I have lots of notes scribbled down waiting to be turned into full-fledged stories, but no time, and my internet connection at home isn't working so well right now.

Friday, November 17, 2006

I just might live after all

and my teeth don't hurt anymore either!

So, seriously, I have spent the last week fighting off the worst headcold I've had in years. It snuck up on me overnight between Thursday and Friday last week. My ambitious plans for my 3-day weekend were ruined. I had planned to leisurely clean the entire apartment, top to bottom, spic and span. Instead, the most I managed was washing dishes, a few loads of laundry, and making my own chicken stock (first time ever) and then making a big pot of soup. And let me just tell you, leaning over the sink washing dishes while your nose drips snot isn't half as fun as it sounds like it is!

After a restless night Friday night, by Saturday felt like I should be euthanized. Not only was I one continuous snot factory, but my left eye felt like it was going to explode, the entire left side of my face was throbbing, I had a horrid headache, my eyes were extremely sensitive to light (moreso than usual even), my left ear seemed to be blocked, and even my teeth hurt from the sinus pressure. In desperation, I went through one of the few remaining boxes which I never fully unpacked (yes, from a year ago now) that contains extraneous bathroom stuff, and scored Tylenol Allergy/Sinus and my lovely Tylenol with codeine OTC strength from Canada.

So for the rest of the weekend, I medicated every 4 hours religiously, and lay in bed, dozing, watching tv and movies, dozing, forcing myself to eat, and dozing. And for the last week, that's what I've been doing when I'm not forcing myself to at least pretend I'm working. (BTW, did you ever notice that when you're swallowing all kinds of snot that drips down the back of your throat, you're not really hungry? No? Maybe it's just me then.) I get up, force myself to come to work, go home, make myself eat something, and am generally asleep between 8:30 and 9 pm.

But today, I almost feel normal with no medication. None. No drippy, snotty nose. I can almost hear properly again. And my teeth don't hurt!

So, now it's time to do some serious London trip planning this weekend. Along with the apartment cleaning that didn't get done last weekend, so I can come home from my trip to a nice, clean house. Well, we'll see.

I'm just excited to be getting over this cold before I get on a plane. Because flying with sinus pressure is definitely one of the lower levels of hell and does not make for a happy Y.

I'm sure you're all happy to know I'll live, just don't get too excited. I could still be run over by that stupid Porsche Boxster guy any day.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hit and Run Posting

I'm really busy at work, and about to get crazy busy, plus I've got the cold that will not die, so am going to bed early tonight. But just a quick update:

I got my purse, makeup, and keys back, but no cell phone. So if I had your number, I don't anymore, so please e-mail it to me or call me at home and leave it on the machine. I have a new cell, same number, but can't use it until next week due to temporary shortage of funds.

New York was fabulous, as always, even got a little smoochy smoochy from a hot young Irish bartender who was hitting on me. Love love love the city. I've even got the subway figured out, so now I'm working on the buses. Look for me there again in April. Fair warning.

Looking so forward to my short trip to London. Not sure what I want to do yet, really must get a guide book out and look at it. Too many choices, not enough patience or time.

That's it. K. and B., please send me your phone numbers! I want to put something together for early December!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Celebrating birthdays, Y style

So I went out after work to find the salon. And if you're a girl, you know what a new salon entails. Anyway, I find it and am only slightly upset that the shampoo apprentice is young enough to be my kid. Don't act like you don't know what I mean.

Anyway after a beautiful color and cut, I emerged into Chinatown DC and called a friend to meet met, whereupon I spent an hour by myself in one of the hottest bars (apparently) in DC waiting for her. And the rest of the evening was all about waiting for her. Blah.

Which might explain my early exit. I just wanted to go home.

And once I got there I realized I'd left my purse, keys and cell phone in the car. I was, in short, screwed.

I ended up sleeping on our steps because I thought the hovelord would be home, but it wasn't to be

In the middle of the night, I had to go pee, so I went out back. This is not as easy as you think. There are motion sensors there, and I had to fool them.

Luckily, I"m smarter than they are. For the rest, never mind.

There is more to this whole weekend, I just don't have the time to post it now. Check back after the weekend - I'm going to New York!