Friday, October 31, 2008

Okay, so I figured things out...

Finally got the computer set up and more importantly the old hard drive erased to MY satisfaction no thanks to Dell. It took me days to figure that one out and when I finally got it going the actual erasing took over 8 hours.I had some very heated calls w/Dell but they refused to let me keep my old hard drive. I kept asking for the manager and would get passed down the line. I am currently awaiting a call from a manager who should have called me Thursday. Anyway. Enough!

I am addicted to throwing on the wheel. I finally feel like I have some grasp on it, some control. It's pretty exciting to me. We started by making teabowl after teabowl, then moved on to mugs, then bowls and our next project will be lided jars. I can not get enough. I have the finished teabowls and mugs so I can share some pictures. My bowls still need to be fired.

I came home Thursday night to find Michael and his girlfriend carving pumpkins. I've been so consumed with school and computer repair that I hadn't even thougt about it. I was glad they had the Halloween spirit. So I grabbed a pumpkin and got down to it.

I am especially happy to have Michael HOME and really seeming to get back to his old self. I don't see that meaness or anger in his eyes any more. It is so great to have him back. I can't say it enough.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Like a mouse in a labyrinth...

that's how I feel lately. My laptop that was purchased to replace the business desktop in June or July had a bad hard drive. Umm...that is a hell of a lot of info to be moved to a new hard drive. You computer people can laugh at me but backing up and restoring is just not coming easy. I try very hard. I have an external hard drive. It's not as easy to get the info off that thing as I would have thought. Where's the manual to use it? Somewhere on the damn computer. I find that and I have to boot from my rescue disk because syncing didn't seem to do it. To boot from the rescue disk I have to be sure the BIOS something, something is set to something something (check your computer owners manual which where the f is that?). Searched help and found the answer to that question is different for every computer. Okay. I try different ways to start my computer 'cause that's how I usually figure things out. I hit F12 continuously because somewhere in my computer history I've done that. It worked. My rescue disk is currently wiping out whatever is on my new hard drive (they ask if that's okay but don't give me another option)and supposedly putting all my stuff on it. We'll see. I am trying to get this done in the few free hours I have here and there on my schedule. If this doesn't work I guess I will take it all to my computer repair guy and PAY. Fuck Dell is all I can say. Pardon my harshness but this is a huge inconvenience for me.

Talk about a mouse in a labyrinth! That's me making my way to all the office's and buildings at the University. I have said I have no sense of direction before but it's really ridiculous. You must make your way to so many offices in the process of signing up for classes its unbelievable. I mean could they streamline this process because I don't have time for this nonsense? Yesterday I had to laugh at myself as I went upstairs in a building I go to all time to an office I have been to before because I walked down EVERY hallway before I found the right one with office I needed. Like a good mouse I repeated the process on the way out. Actually I used a different stairway on the way down as I could not find the original one. I need help.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Aunt Lynn

I had a really lovely visit from my fathers sister this week. It had been a really long time since I had seen her. She is a very postive, strong woman whom I admire. My father passed away in 2000. My Aunt Lynn gave me a little bit of my dad, not just in talking about him but also in the ways she is like him. Her visit also reminds me that there really is strength in family. Everyone has something to offer. I hope our visits will not be so few and far between in the future.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Banksy Strikes Again.

A friend sent me THIS link. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

City Dance

City Dance Ensemble
sneak preview of Austin McCormick's War including rehearsal footage and an interview with the choreographer!

CityDance Ensemble rehearsing for "WAR" from Ludovic Jolivet on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Art Opening

Went to Deb and Bill's art opening last night. It was so packed! I will definitely be visiting it again this week so I can really look at the work. It was impossible to really see it with so many people. As you know I LOVE both of these artists. Their work is always exciting to see.

Needless to say there are no great pics of the actual art. Just the lovers of it and the artists.

It's great having Michael home and having him at the opening was sweet.

Maggie and John

Deb and her fans

The NYC girls

Bill and his laughing fans

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Full Plate

I have so much to do that I'm having trouble sleeping. I have school projects that need to be finished but Lisa came home for the weekend and is wanting a home cooked meal. What would you do? I'm going to the grocery store right after I post.

The other day instead of doing my payroll taxes for John I went to watch a demo by THIS amazing potter. He is doing a huge pit firing on the beach this weekend and there are lots of events surrounding it that I would like to see. Hopefully I can squeeze that in. Yeah, right after those taxes. Whatever.

I had cleaned Lisa's room when she moved out so I documented....

and left a note that asked her to keep "my" room clean. I gotta give it a shot no?

They got in late last night and she brought a couple pieces of work. A screen print and a black and white painting. Looking good. Sorry about my digital pics of her work. They suck. I'm too rushed.

She has had a few nude models to paint or sketch quickly. One, a male had paper stuck in his butt. She found it quite distracting to say the least. It makes you wonder...did the instructor know? Did the model do it on purpose? What's the proper etiquette for that?

Oh and here are some more homecoming photos. I know you've been waiting...

Finally (sorry I got do all this at once. no time) My brother sent me THIS.

I've seen it before and I'm sure you have too. It's just more fun seeing the family name.

That's it. You probably won't hear from again for a week. Later.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Beautiful Morning

I woke up early this morning just before the sun came up. I went outside and the fog was everywhere. I had to go get my camera. It was just so beautiful. I'm a night owl but I also love the early early morning.

Then the sun was up and the fog was clearing...

and look who comes down the road.

It was the best kind of peaceful morning. Unfortunately the longer I was out there the more my allergies were flaring up. Good thing I had that moment because I pretty much spent the rest of the day sniffing and sneezing. Ya can't have it all.

Good Times

Had a bit of a surprise when Michael pulled in Friday night. I knew he was due home any day but I had asked him to call me when he left. He never did so....I was surprised. It's good to see him home. Home for good.

I was also looking forward to a visit from my cousin who lives in New Jersey. He was going to be in the area camping and fishing. I rarely see anyone in his family so it's always nice to catch up.

It was a great visit (I thought). My brother Joe was here also and it made for a nice day. It also happened to be Homecoming for Johnny so it got a little hectic as he got ready for the dance. We were lucky to have my brother Joe there as the men in my house are tie tying challenged. It's always got to be googled and the instructions never seem to stick.

Ya gotta love the "dress" shoes and tucked in shirts. I've learned though and try my best to stay out of the fashion choices.

After Johnny left for the dance we all decided to meet somewhere in Dewey Beach for drinks. Lots of talking and laughing. It was really a nice day for me. I've been doing, doing, doing so much and it was nice to just hang out.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Women changing light bulbs and everything else.

This showed up in my inbox today. Personally I don't even think you have to be menopausal. Just a woman will do fine.

Best Menopause Question Ever

How many women with MENOPAUSE does it take to change a light

ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this
House knows HOW to change a light bulb! They
Don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out.
And,once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the #&%!* lightbulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CABINET for the past 17 YEARS! But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them, 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER


I'm sorry. What was the question?
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