Monthly Archive: January 2011

To the Gallery!


About to take my images to the Gallery NRC for the exhibition next month.  The one above, “Promise”, will go to the Tri-Lakes Art Center in Palmer Lake tomorrow.
I’m super nervous.  I hope I haven’t made any mistakes!
The opening for both is next weekend.  Squeeeeee!

Upgrading to 64 bit

Today, I upgraded to Windows 7 – 64 bit.

I had 6 GB of RAM installed on my machine, but only 3 was biding used with the 32 bit system.

This was probably the most organized I’d ever been for a hard disk reformat. I had all my data backed up, all my programs ready for reinstall, all passwords, codes, registration keys written down and ready to go.

Of course there were still issues.  It was a struggle getting my wireless adapter going – which is sort of the first thing you need.  Some programs are refusing their product keys (read Quicken) which is a pain in the ass.  And some programs take a long time to get set up the way you like even when working properly (iTunes and Lightroom) – I’m talking about preferences etc.

Even World of Warcraft has behaved really well though. The install was remarkably quick as a download – Blizzard seems to have got this process right. Now, if only I could say the same for my add ons – maybe it’s time to get the curse premium client.

I will finish the process tomorrow. Enough staring at bars for one day.

— Post From My iPad

Desk 365.137

Desk 365.137
Originally uploaded by Strumpet101

So much to do!

The Daily Post-It Flickr Group book arrived today! Very excited! It looks fantastic. You can check my Flickr stream to see it.

The other thing on my desk there is the lapel binaural mic I had on my wish-list for Christmas. The youngest very kindly got it for me. And it won’t work with my iPhone. I ordered that adapter plug you see there which supposedly would work, but the plug doesn’t fit in the adapter plug. So, now I am either returning it (if that’s still possible), and getting a powered mic to go with my iPhone, OR getting a different recording device that my mic will work with.

The new mic thing seems cheaper. But not much, believe it or not. A powered mic that will work with the iPhone ain’t cheap.

But I’d rather not have a SECOND device to carry around.

And I want to be able to record Strumpet’s Voice ‘on the go’.

Tufty is Getting Old

Tufty was born April 4, 1999. This makes him almost 12 now.  He’s a purebred Norwegian Forest Cat.  The year I showed him in TICA, he made was the 3rd best altered male in the country.  He was actually a GREAT show cat.  Knew exactly how to show off – would stand up and puff out his ruff as if telling everyone “look at me”.  And he’s gorgeous. And such an amazingly calm kitty cat.  The Tuft is awesome.  He has been with us through so many moves, including over to Australia and back again. He survived a snake-bite in Australia – after 3 days on an anti-venom drip.

But he’s definitely getting older.  I know there are stories of many Norwegian Forest Cats making it to 20 or so.  And I hope his current problems resolve themselves and he will be one of them.

He has, for the past 6-8 months however, been suffering from recurring upper respiratory infections.  They make him snore something dreadful.  I keep wishing he would sleep in a different room so that he doesn’t keep me awake worrying about him all night.  I feel so bad for him.

The vet has been treating him with a big anti-biotic shot every time.  Today, after the nurse gave us the shot as usual and sent us home, the vet called me back to talk to me.  He wants to find out what’s causing the problem.  Yes, that would be nice. 

My vet has two theories, neither of which sounds particularly wonderful to me. Although one has potentially really scary implications.  

Theory 1: Feline Leukemia is compromising his immune system. (Also called feline AIDS).  This is so scary I don’t even know where to start.  Feline leukemia is very very contagious, and it would in all likelihood mean that Toulouse is ill too.  Thinking about this possibility has me all worked up and barely able to breathe.   I’m taking him in for a blood test this afternoon, and we should know if that’s the case by Friday.  It’s really important, for Toulouse’s sake, that we find this out as quickly as possible.

Theory 2: As he has gotten older, his skull has grown and may be clogging one nostril.  Apparently, the vet has seen this before.  This would not necessarily be treatable other than simply treating the infection every time he gets it, like we have been.

The blood work could, of course, reveal something else that we haven’t thought of when compared t his ‘old guy baseline blood work’ that he got two years ago.

Anyway, I am trying to fill my time as much as possible between now and Friday.  But I know I’ll be worried the whole time.

What a way to say goodbye to 2010

I’m not going to lie. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had such an amazing year in 2010. My life feels charmed at the moment, and I don’t want that to end.  At the same time, I know I have more than one good friend who is more than happy to kiss the ass of ’10 a cheery good riddance. 

So I will cross my fingers and happily usher in ’11 in the hopes that some of my happiness will spill over into the lives of those I care about. Bring it!

Today, I said goodbye to the year in the best possible way.  I got to see my best friend from high school, Adria.  We were inseparable back then.  Many things happened that separated us in the early years of our 20s – many of which I am not proud to admit were my fault. What a totally self-centered and insecure cow I was back then.  Anyway, we got back in touch a few years ago.

Geography, logistics, and life circumstances have prevented us from actually seeing each other in person until today.  She is sooooo pregnant.  Still sooooooo beautiful.  And it totally fed my soul to see her. It feels like two halves of my life have been united.  

I hope I have a chance to spend time with just the two of us sometime not too far in the future.  But for now I am happy just to have seen her and hugged her.  Seen her happy and met her beautiful daughter and delightful

And I’m so grateful to hubbie and the kids for indulging my need to see her and driving all that way.

I wish you all the best for 2011 – all my imaginary and real friends.

I will add an image when I have had a look at ones taken of us together.

— Post From My iPad