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21st-Aug-2009 10:55 am
Dead of Cute - iroshi
I've had a bit more achiness, but I've had a very active week. I've not been over a 4, I don't think.

Replaced the battery, which will hopefully cure the shutting-down-when-it's-supposed-to-be-sleeping issue... and was tremendously disappointed to find that that did nothing for the doubletriplequadrupleclick issue. And canned air had zero effect. *falls over* This actually brought me to tears, albeit briefly. Being reliant on a USB mouse means I can't write anywhere but at a table or on a desk, which sort of defeats the purpose of a laptop. And I do most of my best writing on buses, trains, planes, on couches, at other people's houses.


Any other suggestions?

Test-Driving Hedgehogs
So I turned to felisdemens yesterday and said "I require a hedgehog. Where can I obtain one?"

And she said "I know just the place."

Which is one of the reasons I adore her. And it's also yet another example of why my life pretty much rocks - because I can land in any major city and know people there, and those people will know where to go for a hedgehog.

We sallied forth and cuddled hedgehogs. And I am that much more convinced that I absolutely require a hedgehog at the earliest possible opportunity. Those noses! Those wee paws! *melt* I am besotted with hedgehogs.

I cannot afford a hedgehog.

So felisdemens took a picture of me with the hedgehog. I will post this and start a Hedge Fund. Because I would truly madly love a hedgehog, and this would mean lots of adorable hedgie pics for you, dear reader. Including pics of Jack trying to groom the hedgie, I'm sure.

The plan was to do that today. But. Laptop repair comes first. *sigh*

Included the aforementioned hedgehog shopping, fetish-gear browsing, much laughter, and plans for our eventual strip mall, with will include two strip clubs (The Fretful Porpentine and the Burbling Hedgehog), two restaurants (The Muttering Ocelot and Rancho Chocha), and felisdemens's lingerie store, "Hello Sailor".

(I remembered all of that from yesterday! I can has memory upgrade!)

We want to make T-shirts for our prospective businesses. We'd pretty much wear nothing but T-shirts for our imaginary ventures forever. We have a lot.

I am very glad I chose to spend the extra week down here. I missed my Florida friends. (This is way more fun than Pi-Con!)

Friday Memeage!
Wearing: Still my nightshirt, the one that proclaims that "my baby girl was a Special Delivery at Memorial Hospital". Yes, I have had this for 14 years. What? It's sturdy.
Reading: An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage.
Writing: Ummyeah. Not so much writing time this week. *sigh* But I did write that very creepy Julia/Stephen encounter and some more of Jessa's story, and I have a few hours of writing time today. I really want to scoot over to the short stories. There are a few that are nudging my brain.
Today: Shopping with Dad this afternoon; he wants to upgrade my phone (I can has Blackberry! Yay actual keypad!), and apparently I also get clothes. I was surprised to be asked. I'm not the shopping maven in the family (see above re: me wearing a 14-year-old shirt this morning), so the offer doesn't often come up. But with my recent weight loss, I actually do need clothes. So okay. I may go dancing tonight.
Tomorrow: felisdemens's birthday party! Everglades adventures, barbecue, dancing. Again, way more fun than Pi-Con. :)
Sunday: Karaoke. maxymyllyn wants to do "Tango: Maureen" with me because apparently no one else knows Joanne's part, but I don't know if he fully realizes just how wonderful my singing voice isn't.

You? And I haven't been keeping up on LJ at all, so do tell me how your week's been, too!
21st-Aug-2009 03:05 pm (UTC) - RE: USB Mouse
Does the space issue apply to trackballs instead? I only ask cause thats what I use, and I don't really find I need much more space than without a mouse. In face I often set my trackball mouse on the front of my laptop and use it there, so it doesn't take up more space at all ... although I sometimes knock it off. Hehe. Might work as a temp fix?

I'm having an issue with keyboard and am going to have to get it replaced all together, which fortunately is not apparently particularly expensive or difficult to do for my local geek friends. Perhaps the mouse can do that too? I dunno.
21st-Aug-2009 03:16 pm (UTC) - Re: USB Mouse
I was about to suggest exactly this. :)
21st-Aug-2009 03:18 pm (UTC) - Re: USB Mouse
Will give it a shot!
21st-Aug-2009 07:04 pm (UTC) - Re: USB Mouse
21st-Aug-2009 03:08 pm (UTC) - Speaking as one who owned a hedgehog...
Be absolutely sure you get a hedgie who has been well socialized as a pup. My hedgehog was named Hepzibah the Hateful, Hateful Hedgehog -- because she absolutely was. We got her as a passed-on pet; the people who bought her did not care to keep her, and she was aggressive, bad-tempered no matter how gently handled, surly, and in general, a very challenging pet to keep. She couldn't be handled for long, because she made it plain she got NO pleasure out of human interaction. She couldn't be let loose to roam, because she'd bristle up and charge people's feet. She would bite people if she wasn't trying to spear them on her spines -- we've pictures of her dangling off the end of Dominus' sock, like a fat, spiny Gila monster.

In essence, she had not been handled properly by humans when she was a pup, and so she had learnt to hate all humans -- even Dominus, the Animal Man, and that is one seriously hateful creature, because all animals love him. If she hadn't been raised in captivity, and therefore unable to survive in the wild, I'd have turned her loose, she was so very unhappy living with humans.

Just be sure you handle YOUR hedgie when you're ready to buy, so you can be sure you're not getting a H8or
21st-Aug-2009 03:12 pm (UTC) - Re: Speaking as one who owned a hedgehog...
Oh, absolutely!

The ones we played with yesterday were wee pups and very friendly. No defensive curling or prickling. They snuggled for about 20 minutes. One tried to nuzzle into Felis's armpit. :)
23rd-Aug-2009 06:30 pm (UTC) - Re: Speaking as one who owned a hedgehog...
Just because they're friendly when they're babies doesn't mean they stay that way. Mine was sweet as pie, in her youth, and turned mean and crotchety when she got older.

Hedgies are also pretty high-maintenance.
21st-Aug-2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
I mostly rested and looked after my newborn for this week. A bit of reading (Michael Moorcock - Elric!), a bit of writing and waiting for my proof copy of a book I published on Createspace.
21st-Aug-2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Want baby pics! *hopeful look*
21st-Aug-2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I have just posted a picture of her on my LJ. :)

Edited at 2009-08-21 03:21 pm (UTC)
21st-Aug-2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
You? And I haven't been keeping up on LJ at all, so do tell me how your week's been, too!

I and some fellow Chronic Rift folks saw RiffTrax's live skewering of Plan 9 from Outer Space last night. Report here.
21st-Aug-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Me too! :)
21st-Aug-2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I started therapy this week and cut off contact with my mother. Exciting times in the filtered section of my journal to be sure.
21st-Aug-2009 03:16 pm (UTC) - Maybe adopt a Rescue hedgehog?

If you ask around there may be Rescues closer to home...
21st-Aug-2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Bad week. Lots of bad things. A few good things, but mostly bad. Am packing now.
21st-Aug-2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Reading: An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage.

When did this come out and why was I not told?!?

I think I spent two years checking Amazon for any sign of a new Standage book, then just gave up. Feh.
21st-Aug-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just saw it on Wednesday! I didn't think you'd mind if I picked it up. :)
21st-Aug-2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
*kiss* You were correct.
21st-Aug-2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
USB trackball instead of a mouse? Still not optimal, but it's an option. Although I realize I am in the very small minority of people who love trackballs.
21st-Aug-2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
I totally adore my trackball! I hate having to move a mouse around to get the pointer anywhere, so this was a great alternative.
21st-Aug-2009 04:20 pm (UTC) - Ever tried one of these?

It is pretty good for bus, car, travel if you can handle typing while wearing it... Even with my small hands I was able to manage pretty well. I've never owned one, just borrowed on occasion.
21st-Aug-2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Two things; first of all, I love hedgehogs and want one like burning. Secondly, memorable baby moment involving post-op Bryanna murmuring, "Quiet, Mummy... I wanna baby hedgehog. *happy 18mo. old sigh* Ba-bee hedgehog..."

The Muttering Ocelot sounds like a great name for a restaurant.

Would love to hear more about your Everglades adventure. Three years in FL, and I never did get down there. Bryan and I have agreed that the next time we go to FL, that we will stop off at Marco Island at my friend's restaurant: http://www.captbriens.com/

Our week thus far:

Sunday: Birthday party for Bree, which was aweseome. Have yet to post pics.
Monday: Camp, Bree's actual birthday. Too hot to do anything, which suited her fine, since she just wanted to enjoy her pressies. Bryan started reading book (mentioned below)
Tues: While kids were at camp, I started reading The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, and a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife by Janna Cawrse Esarey
Wed: took turns reading with husband, discussed further the idea of living aboard after the kids graduate.
Thurs: finished it, contemplated marriage and sailing, and whether we could chuck it all, leave the pets with the kids, and travel from port to port while writing. Is this our Big Hairy Audacious Goal, as Janna would put it? too soon to tell, but it doesn't seem as daunting as I first thought.
Today: discussed book and living on a boat further; after more research, have decided that I still want to learn to sail, and would like to get in the education and experience before the kids leave home.

So, about a week ago I'd proposed to my husband that we rent a boat for a weekend with the kids. I need to know, first of all, if "the motion of the ocean" would be a problem now that I have a balance disorder. I'm still leaning more towards a houseboat or catamaran, but sailboats do not seem so daunting anymore. Plus, my BHAG doesn't have to be the same one as the author's, you know?

21st-Aug-2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
When my brother went to Japan, he met a friend's host family. In trying to communicate, the husband pointed at my brother's hair (which was short & spiky at the time). "That thing... little thing... " and made little scurrying motions with his hand. Nick looked at him in that "what the hell?" look that he does so well. The man grabbed a dictionary & flipped through & looked up and said:

Hedge Hog.

At which point Nick grinned & sort of patted his hair. :)

Which all leads me too... want to buy my brother? ;)
21st-Aug-2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
You know, you can always *knit* yourself a hedgehog. There are patterns (coz I bought one at Stitches West this year)

Just saying.
21st-Aug-2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
>> An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage

That's one of the books I'm currently reading as well. It's quite interesting.

But given the title it really should have been a history of cannibalism or at least printed on edible paper.

[edited to fix quoting methodology]

Edited at 2009-08-21 07:50 pm (UTC)
21st-Aug-2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Are you up to 10.5.8 yet? The "shutting down while sleeping" thing was a problem for some people (myself included) under 10.5.7, so maybe a good dose of Software Update might be worth a shot.
21st-Aug-2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Trackballs, sure, but if you prefer the touchpad, you could always try one of these:

22nd-Aug-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
My week: Work remains odd, but I'm still working. I randomly ran into a college friend today; cool. I'm shopping for short-term health insurance, which at least now is a little less frickin' depressing (I've found options that I might be able to afford! Good; I should no longer do the "DON'T GET SICK" health plan).

I'm looking forward to stories from Pi-Con. I'm also looking forward to more you-and-felisdemens shenanigans. You deserve hijinks!
22nd-Aug-2009 05:42 am (UTC) - "this too shall pass"
This week's good: finished paying off my credit cards. $40K+ in 4 years.

This week's bad: enduring the loss of my recent-found love.

Thankfully, it ended with the good and I should be seeing my bff's 6 week old baby tomorrow/today! :)
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