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Dec 23, 2011 -

A Hellish Week (But Not For Me)

It has been one hell of a week out here in Raeland. My employer said that my blog must be particularly entertaining these days and was very surprised to learn that I don’t blog about work! It really is incredible that my blog is soooo boring these days when my life isn’t!

But I threw out a project idea at them and they don’t have a problem with it. So sometime in late spring, when a bit of time and distance will have passed, I hope to publish The Untold Stories of My Lethbridge Winter: adventures in apartment management. 😀

As a hint, this week has really reminded me of a classic short story by Carl Stephenson that inspired a great episode of MacGyver. Different foe, but, same idea…

It’s a four-day weekend at my end and I’m not doing any holiday celebrating, but I’ll have done 24 hours worth of transcription work by the end of it. So I expect to be as bleary-eyed as everyone else come Tuesday morning!

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Dec 18, 2011 -

A Knock at the Door

I got a very late start this morning, so I was still in my PJs at 11, watching some Star Trek and working on my current embroidery project, when there came a knock at the door. Eep! I hoped it was Jody surprising me, but had a feeling it wouldn’t be, so I hurriedly threw on some clothes before checking the peephole. Sure enough, a tenant was on the other side. At least it’s a tenant I enjoy conversing with! I knew she wouldn’t be knocking on my door without a valid reason, so my irritation turned to concern as I opened the door.

So imagine my surprise when she handed me a card, two wrapped items, wished me a holiday season, told me she didn’t want to keep me, and made a graceful exit! One package was a lovely winter-themed tin filled with an assortment of baked goods, including shortbread, white chocolate cranberry bark, something with coconut, something with raisins, and another thing I haven’t identified yet. The other item was a cheese ball (which will go great on crackers with the soup I planned to have for dinner tonight!). I feel so appreciated. 😀

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Dec 17, 2011 -


I have no transcription this weekend and I have decided to take a couple of days off. I might do a bit of Squidooing tomorrow, but today is all about fun. I spent some time in bed this morning with my iPad, checking email, watching Youtube videos, and organizing ebooks. I can’t wait for my case to arrive so that I can hold the iPad more comfortably.

The ebook organization project is going to take some time, but I am absolutely in love with the iBooks app, much to my surprise. I thought it would be a propriety Apple app, but nope. I can put any EPUB books on it. I’ve been reading ebooks on my iPod Touch since I got it, but iBooks makes ebooks look and feel like real books. My only quibble with it is that the in-book search function is terribly slow.

Here is a snapshot of part of my Sci-Fi/Fantasy collection:

Isn’t that lovely to browse through?

Now, let’s see… What am I in the mood for?

This is a page from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Noticed that I have a bookmark noting a page I go to often, that I highlighted my favourite passage from the book, and that there is a little sticky in the margin indicating that I have a note there.

Imagine if I had had this technology when I was downsizing my library! I got rid of so many annotated books that I just couldn’t make space for. I could have gotten e-copies of a lot of those and painstakingly transcribed my annotations into e-format.

I’ve been wanting to go digital for quite some time now and I think that the iPad will allow me to do that. My goal for 2012 is to not bring any more hard media, like DVDs and books, into the rig. I’ve done a complete conversion to digital for music, so I don’t think my goal is unrealistic.

Well, it’s about seven out there, perfect weather for spending time in the rig, so I’m going to assuage my homesickness for a bit and go get an early start on my spring cleaning. Yes, I consider this a fun project! 🙂

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