October 26, 2002

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written in m…

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written in my blog! I think I’ve been suffering from major computer burnout. The Linux experiment has been a fiasco, I’m back on Windows XP. I’m seriously considering moving my computer to good old MS-DOS – let’s see if I can do that and still get things accomplished!

My little telephone project at work is nearly complete. I have successfully installed an Executone IDS-84 phone system with Infostar/DVX voicemail. All purchased refurbished. After a couple of little glitches (and user errors), we now have an auto attendant answering the phones at work and calls are successfully be processed through the company. I think I’ve found a new facet of my geekdom. I really enjoyed the project although I worked A LOT of hours doing it. If I find myself in search of a career change, I definitely think it’ll be into telecommunications. It’s funny, I haven’t been paying much attention to the servers at work and they’ve been doing great. I wonder if the trick to using Microsoft Windows successfully is not to do anything with it.

I haven’t written since Earl and I have been to Toronto! We went to Toronto the weekend of the 12th. We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast called the Bantinghouse Inn. This place was absolutely charming and I *highly* recommend it for anyone planning on visiting up there. We both love Toronto so, and for that matter, Canada in general. I really think that we’re going to end up living in Canada at sometime – it’s so charming up there. I’d really like to retire to the very southern tip of Quebec (southeast of Montreal), but we’ll have to see on that one.

I’m really antsy to go cycling, but the weather just hasn’t been cooperating. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Sunday – it’ll be cool, but hopefully it’ll be dry. I’ve been maintaining my weight (loss) for the most part. I think I need to do more aerobic type things. I’ve been reading about Yogilates, which is a cross between Yoga and Pilates. It looks quite interesting. Last night on Survivor they snapped another chicken’s neck on TV and I commented to Earl that I really need to become a vegetarian again. I don’t like what’s happening to animals. Earl’s only beef (ha ha) with my becoming a vegetarian is that he feels he needs to cook two meals. I guess I’ll have to pull up my boot straps and help out with the cooking if I want to be serious about this. And eat lots of peanut butter so that I maintain protein intake. I have a wonderful cookbook for “almost vegetarians” – maybe I should do some experimenting with dishes in that cookbook.

Then I feel totally hypocritcal for being a vegetarian and wearing a leather coat. But I really like my leather coat. I guess that’s what the difference between vegetarian and vegan is? I have noticed that I’ve become lactose intolerant over the past couple of months which is weird. Good thing I’m grooving on rice and soy milk.

I really can’t get into Survivor this season. I’m not routing for anyone and we’re almost half way through already. I guess I want Helen (the Navy swim instructor) to win. They’re all just sort of there and don’t really have any stand out qualities. Not like Kathy last season – she had charisma and personality and everything and really should of won.

What’s up with Will and Grace this year? I think Hanna-Barbera should take it over and make it the cartoon it really is.

Speaking of Hanna-Barbera, Earl and I picked up “Scooby Doo” on DVD last week. Jinkees, I loved it! I was hesitant to get it, because of the wreck they made of Josie and the Pussycats a couple of years ago, but Scooby Doo stayed pretty much true to the cartoon. And the cast did an excellent job of bringing the characters to “life”.

It’s midnight on the nose, time to call it a night!