Quote Du Jour:
Peter: Let me ask you something. When you come in on Monday, and you’re not feelin’ real well, does anyone ever say to you, ‘Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays’?
Lawrence: No. No, man. S***, no, man. I believe you’d get youâ€™re ass kicked sayin’ something like that, man.
Well, it certainly feels like Monday. Thank goodness itâ€™s a short week.
This was a wasted weekend. Really. We didnâ€™t do anything of note. I can barely recall Saturday. Sunday I went to visit with some of the ladies from my chapter to talk about books, websites, writing, and anything else that came up. I did finally get the new website for michellemiles.net up and running. Now I just need to tweak it.
Yesterday completely frustrated me. Sometimes, computers just make me want to put my fist through the monitor.
I was going to upgrade Office from 2000 to XP. A simple process, youâ€™d think. But OH HO HO, nothing is ever simple when it comes to Microsoft, is it?
Here I was thinking Iâ€™ll just upgrade this real quick and then I can write for about an hour or so before we leave to go watch fireworks.
So I upgrade Office. It installs just fine. I open Word. And I get an error. Something about a compile error relating to Adobe. Weird. I uninstall and reinstall. Same thing. Now Iâ€™m annoyed. I uninstall everything Adobe related from Acrobat to Photoshop. I uninstall Office and reinstall. SAME ERROR. Any my ruler in Word is doing this funky thing â€“ it looks like the numbers are in Pica for some WEIRD reason. But yet when I got to change it, it tells me itâ€™s really in inches. Even when I change it from inches to pica to centimeters to whatever, nothing changes. Since we have XP, I log into another account on the machine and open Word. The ruler is fine, but Iâ€™m getting the weird error message.
Now Iâ€™m frustrated and cussing the computer.
As a last ditch effort before putting my foot in the computer, I run a search for the exact phrase on the Internet. It comes up through Microsoftâ€™s online help. It tells me that I need to run a search for specific files, put them in the trash can, and then restart the computer. Surprisingly, that works. But my ruler is still fracked up. And now I have to reinstall about four different programs to get everything back the way it was.
I wasted nearly TWO HOURS OF MY LIFE on this. Two hours of precious writing time. Two hours that Iâ€™ll NEVER get back. Argh.
And the ruler is still messed up. Itâ€™s fine on other logins on the machine, but looks bizarro on mine. I donâ€™t know why. I canâ€™t figure it out. Itâ€™s driving me CRAZY. So I guess I can either (a) uninstall and reinstall the program (insert very loud scream here) or (b) turn off the damn ruler.
Iâ€™ll probably just turn off the ruler, even though I LIKE having the ruler. Iâ€™m a creature of habit. I want things EXACTLY the same on every computer I own. Even the one at work. I set up my desktop the same at home and work. I know. Iâ€™m anal. What can I say?
Anyhooâ€¦ went to see fireworks last night. One of the local cities has a really nice display. The local police force gives out those glow sticks free to all the kids. We ended up with four. Donâ€™t ask me how.
The fireworks didnâ€™t get started until about 9:45 and it was a good thirty minute display. Of course, by the time we fought the traffic home, it was nearly 11. And because I had to spray down the kiddo with Off, I had to run him through the bath. By the time he went to sleep it was nearly midnight. And me too. I finally dozed off about then.
Then at 3 am, some jackass set off fireworks behind our house. Woke us up. Here comes my kid climbing in bed with me. When it was finally over, I put him back in bed. He went right to sleep and I climbed back into bed. Needless to say when the alarm when off at 6 am, I did NOT want to get up.
There were a lot of rude-ass people on the road this morning, too. I was trying to get on the freeway and some loser wouldnâ€™t let me on. I had plenty of room to blend in just fine at 65 mph, but this a-hole sped up. And since he was in a big truck, I figured Iâ€™d let him win. So when I got in behind him, I smiled and waved and then politely called him a bad word.
Iâ€™m just cranky. I donâ€™t want to be here and I certainly donâ€™t want to work. The only thing Iâ€™m happy about at the moment is that I have a very large cup of coffee. Thank goodness for that.