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Something Different

Had a bad week last week.  On Wednesday while working on my netbook and trying to connect my external DVD/CD-ROM drive, I got a call that my Mom had just been taken to the hospital by ambulance.  I’d just talked to her not three hours ago and she said she was fine.

I live two hours away, so I hustle and panic around the house (after calling my sister who lives in another state) and get stuff.  It’s about twelve when I get to the hospital and my mom’s still in the emergency room.  It’s her heart.  I panic, get hope, panic again.  It’s afternoon the next day before we get more answers and so far its been a terrible day.  My cell phone charger has been left behind.  My netbook won’t work.  I’ve spilled chili on my trousers (and they’re white and the stains are prominent).  I’ve also left other things at home, but at least I have money.

As it turns out, the result is good.  She has a second stent put in her heart and the constant pain in her chest is gone.  She can home the next day if all goes well and it does.  By that time I’ve washed out the stains in my trousers, figured out what was wrong with the netbook and bought a new charger and other stuff.

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Netbook II

I got my netbook.  I got a working netbook, I should say.  The first one I ordered wouldn’t boot up.  There was a problem with the bios and then the whole thing just crashed.  I tried to avoid having to send it back by emailing technical support, but…

I purchased the Asus eeePC.  I’d done my research and it won out.  The low price helped as well.  I do have to wonder why the white version was a good fifty dollars cheaper then the black one though.  I plan to customize it later on; put racing stripes on it.

I returned the netbook, got the new one.  Amazon made it easy.  After I charged the battery and started playing around.  For what I want it to do, I think it will be fine.  I hate the desktop image though and wish I can change it.  I did get it away from the seashell and to the blue screen.  I like the beach okay, but I don’t want to stare at it every time I boot up.

After I got the netbook, downloaded Mozilla, OpenOffice, and Microsoft Security Essentials.  It came bundled with Microsoft Office (free trial) and Works (boo, hiss, not compatible with other document software) and some other programs I don’t want or need.  I got rid of most except one doesn’t want to go away.  I’ll have to live with it.

For what I want this to do, it’s working great.  The battery life is wonderful.  I can pretty much use it all week (I only use it in the evening) and not have to recharge it.  It takes up more power when you use the Internet, but I really use it for writing and for that it’s doing fine.  I turn the netbook on, open up Office, and start typing. 

All in all, I’m very happy with it.

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Netbook Part II

I got my netbook.  I got a working netbook, I should say.  The first one I ordered wouldn’t boot up.  There was a problem with the bios and then the whole thing just crashed.  I tried to avoid having to send it back by emailing technical support, but…

I purchased the Asus eeePC.  I’d done my research and it won out.  The low price helped as well.  I do have to wonder why the white version was a good fifty dollars cheaper then the black one though.  I plan to customize it later on; put racing stripes on it.

I returned the netbook, got the new one.  Amazon made it easy.  After I charged the battery and started playing around.  For what I want it to do, I think it will be fine.  I hate the desktop image though and wish I can change it.  I did get it away from the seashell and to the blue screen.  I like the beach okay, but I don’t want to stare at it every time I boot up.

After I got the netbook, downloaded Mozilla, OpenOffice, and Microsoft Security Essentials.  It came bundled with Microsoft Office (free trial) and Works (boo, hiss, not compatible with other document software) and some other programs I don’t want or need.  I got rid of most except one doesn’t want to go away.  I’ll have to live with it.

For what I want this to do, it’s working great.  The battery life is wonderful.  I can pretty much use it all week (I only use it in the evening) and not have to recharge it.  It takes up more power when you use the Internet, but I really use it for writing and for that it’s doing fine.  I turn the netbook on, open up Office, and start typing. 

All in all, I’m very happy with it.

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I read this book a few weeks ago.  It’s by Lynn Rae Perkins and I first saw the title while I was selecting books for the library.  Unfortunately I opted not to purchase it because my budget is puny this year and I needed other books – nonfiction mostly.

Perchance I saw it at the county library where my mom frequents and checked it out.  It was a good read.  Different.  It propelled me forward making me want to find out more how the main character Ry gets from being stuck in the middle of nowhere Montana to floundering in the Caribbean sea.  What sticks out after reading this book are two descriptions – one is the crazy driver who picks up Ry and Del and other is the maniac cat – and the graphic novel style of the adventures of Ry’s two dogs as they travel back to where they think their people are.  Just by reading the description of the cat, I know that Lynn Rae Perkins has studied the way cats move.  I loved how she wrote the cat sat in a puddle of fur.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I have resolutions and I have goals.  I have also learned from last year that I need to be flexible with my goals.  Right after Thanksgiving, I made a number of goals only to have them utterly and completely dashed when I got a call at 5:30 Monday morning that my Mom was in the hospital.  It was a week later when I returned home and everything I wanted to do had to be postponed or cancelled so now I have ‘open’ goals.  I have goals, but they are flexible.

My writing goals:

1. Do what I need to do to get my query out there so I can my story published.  I will write a game plan and follow it.  I will be positive.

2. Write, write, write

3. Get another story up for critiquing

4. Finish my monster manuscript and move on.  Please.

5. Start critiquing stories of others.

6. Blog more often.

It’s the 5th of January 2011 now.  Let’s get in gear.

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