Sunday, March 28, 2010

Still Here

I'm fine.  I've been battling a bit of depression and not getting much of the right things done.  No knitting, little cleaning, or working out, or hiking.  I have gone to the Casinos a lot.  I'm working on it.

I did go to Seaside, OR last weekend.  I reconnected with a high school friend who I thought was still in California.  Turns out she's a couple of hours south of me in Oregon.  So, I drove down and we spent about 24 hours trying to catch up almost 20 years of events.  It was fun.  I also was introduced to Oregon coast salt water taffy.  I'll be heading down again for some more talk and taffy.

I also got contacts last week.  Today is day 4.  I am on the last hour of my first 10 hour day.  I am ready to take them out.  I was ready yesterday a little before the end of the 8 hours I was to have them in that day.  I'm getting better at putting them in.  I'll find out in a few minutes if I'm also getting better at taking them out.  I'm a bit disappointed in how well I see, or rather don't see.  The whole reading glasses thing is a pain.  I also need to get some sun glasses for the first time in a few decades.  I'm glad I'm trying these contacts out so that if I get Lasik surgery I'll know ahead of time what I'm getting into.  Had I discovered all this (how fuzzy more than just 'reading distance' things are still) after going through the expense of an non-reversible surgery I'd be upset.

I am still sorting paperwork.  Also, Lori and I had a 'skirt day' at work.  Took me 3 tries to find a dress I could still get buttoned, and it was tight.  Several things are going in the donate pile from that experience.  When I lose this 10 pounds I've put on, the things will still be out of style.  Slowly I'm making headway in my pursuit of less stuff.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Test #2

Now that I can blog from email, I can blog from my IPhone, which means that I may actually write more.  It also means that I have one less reason to buy a new netbook.  sigh.

Testing email posting

I'm posting this from email.  I'm trying new things...
I'm reading blogs again this morning. Lloyd Kahn's blog is, as usual, a treasure trove of interesting things. First, this blog on boingboing: he's a good writer, writing about a trip to Peru. Fun stuff, and worth reading. Over at MissMinimalist she talks about floor coverings, and gives the link to . There they sell carpet squares that you attach to each other (velcro?) to make a room rug. When you move, or just want it in another room or shape, you just take them up and go. Makes sense to me, and something that I'll remember for the future. That site is kinda pricey for this bargain-basement gal, but the idea could be used with regular squares by just not using adhesive, I'd think.

I tried using Evernote as a place in the 'cloud' (what I used to call the internet...) to store documents and such. It uses the new organizational method of putting everything in one space and using tags to search for it. That isn't how my mind works. I used a huge chunk of my free monthly 'usage' to just set up seperate notebooks to organize about a dozen documents. In the comments on another minimalist blog I saw a place that has 50G of free storage to organize how you want, . So, I signed up there and put a few things up. I won't put real private documents there, but it will be a good secondary off-site storage for my scanned documents. I'll get back with a review as I use it more.

Continuing on with the bankers boxes of files that I brought out here, I spent yesterday and today sorting and shredding bills and statements from '96 and '05. Some never opened. I tend to just toss things into a file folder in case I need it later. The number of files I'm keeping is still just one box, and I've gone through 3. My new desk area is a cluttered mess, though. I have stuff to scan, more recent files to organize, and general mess with the computer related stuff I'm coming across. Today will be spent reclaiming parts of that area. I did finally find my generic IPod. Now I can download podcasts to listen to while walking at noon at work.