wahlee: (Itches!)
I woke up this morning to at least 6" of snow. Driving to work was a nightmare, as none of the roads I usually take had been plowed. At all. Now, I'm pretty good at driving in the snow, but the Prius was sliding around at 12 miles an hour. It was kinda freaky. Got to work okay, though. It did make me miss Lizzy that much more. Lizzy is better in the snow than the Prius.

It's okay, though, 'cause Lizzy is coming home tomorrow! They painted her yesterday, and were re-assembling her today. Apparently her new trunk lid was originally champagne-colored, and her new bumper was dark blue. And they couldn't find a DX model trunk for her, so the back insert was going to be the standard gray kind instead of the spiffy-used-for-that-model-year-only red one. Buying a brand-new one was going to cost $400. But then dad talked to the body shop guy today, and he said that the original one wasn't really that damaged. So he's putting Lizzy's back on, until we can find a completely undamaged one. It also means that Lizzy will be missing the "DX" sticker-thingy on the trunk, but dad found one on eBay for $6. :P

Can you tell I'm excited about getting my car back? :P

I changed my layout, because I'm determined to look at my thesis with an "I can do it" attitude instead of a "I can't do it" attitude (more on that later, maybe). So, no more writer's block. Fountain pen instead, oh yes. I love fountain pens. I cleaned my room the other day (gasp! My carpet is, indeed, still pink) and found mine. I thought about bringing it to work, but with my luck, it'd probably get stolen. My black Pilot G2 .07 pens tend to disappear unless I put a "FRONT DESK--DO NOT REMOVE" flag on them. I guess I could hide it.

I'm going to Disneyland in April! Whoot! With my sister ([livejournal.com profile] thelittletwin) and her BFF Sarah, right after Lisa's finals end. And I mean RIGHT after. 'Cause Disneyland is doing a deal where, if you go to the park on April 24 or before, you can get a 5-day Park Hopper pass for the price of a 3-day. And Lisa's last final is April 23rd, at 1:00 pm. So, we're flying out that night at about 8, and going to Disney the next day. Staying until Monday, and flying home again at 8:00 that night. I've never been to Disneyland over multiple days before. I wonder how many times I'll manage to squeeze in Pirates? *ponders*

Watched Northanger Abbey last night. Really enjoyed it, although, of course, there were a few things that bugged. I was prepared to hate it, because Mags of Austenblog hated it, and my taste tends to be similar to hers. But I liked it. Quite a lot. It was better than Persuasion, anyway. I'm looking forward to Mansfield Park in a this-is-going-to-be-a-trainwreck kind of way. I have no particular attachment to the novel, you see, so I think I'll be able to enjoy it as Le Bad Cinema (as our local movie guy dubs really really bad flicks), since it's rather obvious I won't be able to enjoy it as Good Cinema. Since they cast Billie Piper as Fanny Price and all. I love Billie Piper, but she simply isn't Fanny Price.

Of course, the small things that they didn't get right in Northanger Abbey have me reading the novel again, even though I reread it only a month or so ago. Not that there's anything wrong with rereading Austen, ever. But I just can't let all of Henry's snarky lines go unappreciated. I lent one of my copies (yes, I have several) to [livejournal.com profile] thelittletwin, too, so soon she too will be reveling in the sexiness that is Henry Tilney.

Oh, and new icon. I love that scene.
wahlee: (Itches!)
I woke up this morning to at least 6" of snow. Driving to work was a nightmare, as none of the roads I usually take had been plowed. At all. Now, I'm pretty good at driving in the snow, but the Prius was sliding around at 12 miles an hour. It was kinda freaky. Got to work okay, though. It did make me miss Lizzy that much more. Lizzy is better in the snow than the Prius.

It's okay, though, 'cause Lizzy is coming home tomorrow! They painted her yesterday, and were re-assembling her today. Apparently her new trunk lid was originally champagne-colored, and her new bumper was dark blue. And they couldn't find a DX model trunk for her, so the back insert was going to be the standard gray kind instead of the spiffy-used-for-that-model-year-only red one. Buying a brand-new one was going to cost $400. But then dad talked to the body shop guy today, and he said that the original one wasn't really that damaged. So he's putting Lizzy's back on, until we can find a completely undamaged one. It also means that Lizzy will be missing the "DX" sticker-thingy on the trunk, but dad found one on eBay for $6. :P

Can you tell I'm excited about getting my car back? :P

I changed my layout, because I'm determined to look at my thesis with an "I can do it" attitude instead of a "I can't do it" attitude (more on that later, maybe). So, no more writer's block. Fountain pen instead, oh yes. I love fountain pens. I cleaned my room the other day (gasp! My carpet is, indeed, still pink) and found mine. I thought about bringing it to work, but with my luck, it'd probably get stolen. My black Pilot G2 .07 pens tend to disappear unless I put a "FRONT DESK--DO NOT REMOVE" flag on them. I guess I could hide it.

I'm going to Disneyland in April! Whoot! With my sister ([livejournal.com profile] thelittletwin) and her BFF Sarah, right after Lisa's finals end. And I mean RIGHT after. 'Cause Disneyland is doing a deal where, if you go to the park on April 24 or before, you can get a 5-day Park Hopper pass for the price of a 3-day. And Lisa's last final is April 23rd, at 1:00 pm. So, we're flying out that night at about 8, and going to Disney the next day. Staying until Monday, and flying home again at 8:00 that night. I've never been to Disneyland over multiple days before. I wonder how many times I'll manage to squeeze in Pirates? *ponders*

Watched Northanger Abbey last night. Really enjoyed it, although, of course, there were a few things that bugged. I was prepared to hate it, because Mags of Austenblog hated it, and my taste tends to be similar to hers. But I liked it. Quite a lot. It was better than Persuasion, anyway. I'm looking forward to Mansfield Park in a this-is-going-to-be-a-trainwreck kind of way. I have no particular attachment to the novel, you see, so I think I'll be able to enjoy it as Le Bad Cinema (as our local movie guy dubs really really bad flicks), since it's rather obvious I won't be able to enjoy it as Good Cinema. Since they cast Billie Piper as Fanny Price and all. I love Billie Piper, but she simply isn't Fanny Price.

Of course, the small things that they didn't get right in Northanger Abbey have me reading the novel again, even though I reread it only a month or so ago. Not that there's anything wrong with rereading Austen, ever. But I just can't let all of Henry's snarky lines go unappreciated. I lent one of my copies (yes, I have several) to [livejournal.com profile] thelittletwin, too, so soon she too will be reveling in the sexiness that is Henry Tilney.

Oh, and new icon. I love that scene.
wahlee: (Itches!)
I woke up this morning to at least 6" of snow. Driving to work was a nightmare, as none of the roads I usually take had been plowed. At all. Now, I'm pretty good at driving in the snow, but the Prius was sliding around at 12 miles an hour. It was kinda freaky. Got to work okay, though. It did make me miss Lizzy that much more. Lizzy is better in the snow than the Prius.

It's okay, though, 'cause Lizzy is coming home tomorrow! They painted her yesterday, and were re-assembling her today. Apparently her new trunk lid was originally champagne-colored, and her new bumper was dark blue. And they couldn't find a DX model trunk for her, so the back insert was going to be the standard gray kind instead of the spiffy-used-for-that-model-year-only red one. Buying a brand-new one was going to cost $400. But then dad talked to the body shop guy today, and he said that the original one wasn't really that damaged. So he's putting Lizzy's back on, until we can find a completely undamaged one. It also means that Lizzy will be missing the "DX" sticker-thingy on the trunk, but dad found one on eBay for $6. :P

Can you tell I'm excited about getting my car back? :P

I changed my layout, because I'm determined to look at my thesis with an "I can do it" attitude instead of a "I can't do it" attitude (more on that later, maybe). So, no more writer's block. Fountain pen instead, oh yes. I love fountain pens. I cleaned my room the other day (gasp! My carpet is, indeed, still pink) and found mine. I thought about bringing it to work, but with my luck, it'd probably get stolen. My black Pilot G2 .07 pens tend to disappear unless I put a "FRONT DESK--DO NOT REMOVE" flag on them. I guess I could hide it.

I'm going to Disneyland in April! Whoot! With my sister ([livejournal.com profile] thelittletwin) and her BFF Sarah, right after Lisa's finals end. And I mean RIGHT after. 'Cause Disneyland is doing a deal where, if you go to the park on April 24 or before, you can get a 5-day Park Hopper pass for the price of a 3-day. And Lisa's last final is April 23rd, at 1:00 pm. So, we're flying out that night at about 8, and going to Disney the next day. Staying until Monday, and flying home again at 8:00 that night. I've never been to Disneyland over multiple days before. I wonder how many times I'll manage to squeeze in Pirates? *ponders*

Watched Northanger Abbey last night. Really enjoyed it, although, of course, there were a few things that bugged. I was prepared to hate it, because Mags of Austenblog hated it, and my taste tends to be similar to hers. But I liked it. Quite a lot. It was better than Persuasion, anyway. I'm looking forward to Mansfield Park in a this-is-going-to-be-a-trainwreck kind of way. I have no particular attachment to the novel, you see, so I think I'll be able to enjoy it as Le Bad Cinema (as our local movie guy dubs really really bad flicks), since it's rather obvious I won't be able to enjoy it as Good Cinema. Since they cast Billie Piper as Fanny Price and all. I love Billie Piper, but she simply isn't Fanny Price.

Of course, the small things that they didn't get right in Northanger Abbey have me reading the novel again, even though I reread it only a month or so ago. Not that there's anything wrong with rereading Austen, ever. But I just can't let all of Henry's snarky lines go unappreciated. I lent one of my copies (yes, I have several) to [livejournal.com profile] thelittletwin, too, so soon she too will be reveling in the sexiness that is Henry Tilney.

Oh, and new icon. I love that scene.

Bleh.

Sep. 20th, 2007 10:49 am
wahlee: (Nothing ever fatigues me)
So, yesterday and the day before, I ended up taking my very first sick days since I started working here. That's a pretty good track record, eh? Anyway, I woke up that morning feeling like I hadn't gotten any sleep at all (and having pulled a few all-nighters in my life, I *do* know how that feels), but I went to work anyway. Then I started feeling queasy. And then I started feeling achy.

Yup. All the signs of flu.

At about 10:15, I couldn't take it any more. If I didn't go home soon, I'd end up throwing up in the garbage can. They have quite enough of that with our patients-- they don't need it with the employees! So I called my supervisor, who was kind enough to take over for me.

Anyway. I shall spare you all the gory details. It must have been a 24-hour bug , because I was feeling much better yesterday, but not well enough to come back in. It was that stage where, while you're laying down, you feel almost completely normal, and you wonder if you're just milking it and should just suck it up and do something productive. Then you actually get up and realize that, no, there's still something seriously wrong with you. :P

Anyway, I'm back at work today, but still not feeling quite 100%. This being-vertical thing is going to take some getting used to.

I did use the horizontal time semi-productively, though-- I got about halfway through Mansfield Park (which is the only Austen novel I don't tend to pick up and read at least once a year-- I think I've only read it 4 times, tops, and two of those readings were for classes-- and is therefore the one I'm least familiar with), and found another good quote from it! So, if you want to swipe this new icon, it's also available. Perhaps I should edit my previous post.

In the meantime, my 4-year Dell Complete Care/Warranty has now paid for itself. My USB ports on Ginevra suddenly stopped working a few weeks ago. I thought at first that it was just my laptop mouse that had died, but then my camera wouldn't connect either. I finally got on Dell's support chat, and after going through several pointless driver updates and diagnostics, they agreed with me that they were simply fried and agreed to send a tech out to replace my motherboard. Which he did, on Saturday. And they worked again! For about an hour. I'd reconnected my mouse and left the room for a moment, only to come in and find my laptop turned off. When I got it booted up again, the USB ports were not working. AGAIN. My dad realized that there must be a short in my laptop mouse that was causing the USB power supply to overheat. In any case, they were fried again. This time I sent Dell an e-mail, and they called back, and I managed to make my needs understood through the language barrier (I'm sure the rep on the other end was very intelligent, but his accent was quite thick), and he agreed to replace the motherboard again. The Dell tech came again last night, and I refrained from using my mouse (I'm going to buy a new one), and aside from a slight scare that probably can be blamed on my camera's battery being low, it seems all is right with Ginevra. Now I can back her up and reinstall XP, which I've been wanting to do for months.

But, yeah. Two new motherboards in 5 days. The warranty is definitely worth it. :P

Wanna see my pretty 100% alpaca yarn that I splurged on at the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair on Saturday? No? Oh, well. I'm linking it anyway. :P

Bleh.

Sep. 20th, 2007 10:49 am
wahlee: (Nothing ever fatigues me)
So, yesterday and the day before, I ended up taking my very first sick days since I started working here. That's a pretty good track record, eh? Anyway, I woke up that morning feeling like I hadn't gotten any sleep at all (and having pulled a few all-nighters in my life, I *do* know how that feels), but I went to work anyway. Then I started feeling queasy. And then I started feeling achy.

Yup. All the signs of flu.

At about 10:15, I couldn't take it any more. If I didn't go home soon, I'd end up throwing up in the garbage can. They have quite enough of that with our patients-- they don't need it with the employees! So I called my supervisor, who was kind enough to take over for me.

Anyway. I shall spare you all the gory details. It must have been a 24-hour bug , because I was feeling much better yesterday, but not well enough to come back in. It was that stage where, while you're laying down, you feel almost completely normal, and you wonder if you're just milking it and should just suck it up and do something productive. Then you actually get up and realize that, no, there's still something seriously wrong with you. :P

Anyway, I'm back at work today, but still not feeling quite 100%. This being-vertical thing is going to take some getting used to.

I did use the horizontal time semi-productively, though-- I got about halfway through Mansfield Park (which is the only Austen novel I don't tend to pick up and read at least once a year-- I think I've only read it 4 times, tops, and two of those readings were for classes-- and is therefore the one I'm least familiar with), and found another good quote from it! So, if you want to swipe this new icon, it's also available. Perhaps I should edit my previous post.

In the meantime, my 4-year Dell Complete Care/Warranty has now paid for itself. My USB ports on Ginevra suddenly stopped working a few weeks ago. I thought at first that it was just my laptop mouse that had died, but then my camera wouldn't connect either. I finally got on Dell's support chat, and after going through several pointless driver updates and diagnostics, they agreed with me that they were simply fried and agreed to send a tech out to replace my motherboard. Which he did, on Saturday. And they worked again! For about an hour. I'd reconnected my mouse and left the room for a moment, only to come in and find my laptop turned off. When I got it booted up again, the USB ports were not working. AGAIN. My dad realized that there must be a short in my laptop mouse that was causing the USB power supply to overheat. In any case, they were fried again. This time I sent Dell an e-mail, and they called back, and I managed to make my needs understood through the language barrier (I'm sure the rep on the other end was very intelligent, but his accent was quite thick), and he agreed to replace the motherboard again. The Dell tech came again last night, and I refrained from using my mouse (I'm going to buy a new one), and aside from a slight scare that probably can be blamed on my camera's battery being low, it seems all is right with Ginevra. Now I can back her up and reinstall XP, which I've been wanting to do for months.

But, yeah. Two new motherboards in 5 days. The warranty is definitely worth it. :P

Wanna see my pretty 100% alpaca yarn that I splurged on at the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair on Saturday? No? Oh, well. I'm linking it anyway. :P
wahlee: (Rather be Merry than Wise)
I was growing dissatisfied with the way I did my Austen quote icons, and last night I decided to just redo the whole bunch. I also added a few more from Pride and Prejudice, which I've just finished rereading. I plan on rereading all her books and adding more icons as I find suitable quotes.

So, if anyone wants to gank these new prettified versions, feel free.

Teasers:

Read more... )

It's funny. I started with P&P, and was trying to decide which color would be good for that book. I eventually chose yellow, because it was "light and bright and sparkling." Then I did NA, and decided they needed to be pink, because Catherine is such a young girlish heroine. Then I did Persuasion, and decided on purple because it's such a serene color. And I realized that I'd inadvertently chosen rainbow colors corresponding to the order of publication!

So I decided to run with it. S&S became orange, MP green, and Emma blue. The letters I did in gray. I think they turned out quite nicely.
wahlee: (Rather be Merry than Wise)
I was growing dissatisfied with the way I did my Austen quote icons, and last night I decided to just redo the whole bunch. I also added a few more from Pride and Prejudice, which I've just finished rereading. I plan on rereading all her books and adding more icons as I find suitable quotes.

So, if anyone wants to gank these new prettified versions, feel free.

Teasers:

Read more... )

It's funny. I started with P&P, and was trying to decide which color would be good for that book. I eventually chose yellow, because it was "light and bright and sparkling." Then I did NA, and decided they needed to be pink, because Catherine is such a young girlish heroine. Then I did Persuasion, and decided on purple because it's such a serene color. And I realized that I'd inadvertently chosen rainbow colors corresponding to the order of publication!

So I decided to run with it. S&S became orange, MP green, and Emma blue. The letters I did in gray. I think they turned out quite nicely.
wahlee: (Rather be Merry than Wise)
I was growing dissatisfied with the way I did my Austen quote icons, and last night I decided to just redo the whole bunch. I also added a few more from Pride and Prejudice, which I've just finished rereading. I plan on rereading all her books and adding more icons as I find suitable quotes.

So, if anyone wants to gank these new prettified versions, feel free.

Teasers:

Read more... )

It's funny. I started with P&P, and was trying to decide which color would be good for that book. I eventually chose yellow, because it was "light and bright and sparkling." Then I did NA, and decided they needed to be pink, because Catherine is such a young girlish heroine. Then I did Persuasion, and decided on purple because it's such a serene color. And I realized that I'd inadvertently chosen rainbow colors corresponding to the order of publication!

So I decided to run with it. S&S became orange, MP green, and Emma blue. The letters I did in gray. I think they turned out quite nicely.
wahlee: (Lizzy)
([livejournal.com profile] divinemum nudged me. So, here I am. :P)

Anyway. A tangled mess. That is what I have managed to make out of my 100% hemp yarn. That's what I get for thinking that I could wind it into a ball without the aid of a swift or even a chair back. It will probably take an hour to untangle. Joy. It's a pretty color, though. A very nice blue. And the gray skein looks really nice with it. Will make some nice dishcloths.

If I ever get it untangled, that is. :P

My title also feels like a good metaphor for how I feel about my life at the moment, but I don't want to go into that.

cut because I've just realized how long this is )

In much, much happier news-- BYU Football officially begins a week from Saturday. I've been haunting fanboards. I've been eagerly gobbling up practice reports. I attended the Women's Football Clinic and the Big Blue Bash. I nearly kissed our season tickets. I've changed my cell ringtone to "Rise and Shout," and I get giddy every time I hear it. I ADORE football.
wahlee: (Lizzy)
([livejournal.com profile] divinemum nudged me. So, here I am. :P)

Anyway. A tangled mess. That is what I have managed to make out of my 100% hemp yarn. That's what I get for thinking that I could wind it into a ball without the aid of a swift or even a chair back. It will probably take an hour to untangle. Joy. It's a pretty color, though. A very nice blue. And the gray skein looks really nice with it. Will make some nice dishcloths.

If I ever get it untangled, that is. :P

My title also feels like a good metaphor for how I feel about my life at the moment, but I don't want to go into that.

cut because I've just realized how long this is )

In much, much happier news-- BYU Football officially begins a week from Saturday. I've been haunting fanboards. I've been eagerly gobbling up practice reports. I attended the Women's Football Clinic and the Big Blue Bash. I nearly kissed our season tickets. I've changed my cell ringtone to "Rise and Shout," and I get giddy every time I hear it. I ADORE football.
wahlee: (Lizzy)
([livejournal.com profile] divinemum nudged me. So, here I am. :P)

Anyway. A tangled mess. That is what I have managed to make out of my 100% hemp yarn. That's what I get for thinking that I could wind it into a ball without the aid of a swift or even a chair back. It will probably take an hour to untangle. Joy. It's a pretty color, though. A very nice blue. And the gray skein looks really nice with it. Will make some nice dishcloths.

If I ever get it untangled, that is. :P

My title also feels like a good metaphor for how I feel about my life at the moment, but I don't want to go into that.

cut because I've just realized how long this is )

In much, much happier news-- BYU Football officially begins a week from Saturday. I've been haunting fanboards. I've been eagerly gobbling up practice reports. I attended the Women's Football Clinic and the Big Blue Bash. I nearly kissed our season tickets. I've changed my cell ringtone to "Rise and Shout," and I get giddy every time I hear it. I ADORE football.

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