mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Lock The Universe)
My computer bit the dust about three weeks ago. More specifically, the keyboard. I took it to Best Buy, they shipped it to Toronto and told me I'd get it back within a week. This, obviously, was not the case. I'm happy to have it back, and what a difference a new keyboard makes! I hadn't realised just how worn the previous one had become, but typing now is a far sight easier than before, as the keys are much more responsive than I'm used to. So, apart from the fact that it was rather expensive (thank you, Apple) and took three times as long as I was told it would, I have no regrets.

I happened to notice, especially after I'd brought my computer in for repairs, that my social interactions of late have been very one-sided. Apart from a few friends (I can count them on the fingers of one hand and have fingers left over), I am always the one to initiate any kind of interaction. People don't speak to me, I speak to them, and then they answer. People don't invite me to do things together, I invite them, and then they answer.

While my computer was in the shop, I decided not to post at all on social media (I'm not talking about LiveJournal, because I am the first to own that I have neglected this space for years) and see if anyone actually wanted to talk to me without my initiating the conversation. Crickets. Loads of crickets. No one so far has even noticed I was gone for three weeks (not counting the people I speak to live, like coworkers and my parents and one or two friends who aren't on social media much or at all, so they couldn't actually notice my absence for practical reasons).

At first, I got seriously miffed. I mean, full-on pity-party miffed, even though I personally hate it when other people perform arbitrary "tests" of friendships like that. It's a test that people are guaranteed to fail, after all, and the only person who really gets hurt in the process is the one who initiated said test. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, right? It allows you to collapse on your fainting couch with the back of your hand plastered to your forehead and declare mournfully that it's obvious no one loves you. I knew this going in, but what can I say? It's February, I'm stressed and overworked and depressed, and so it seemed like a good idea at the time. Spoiler alert: it wasn't a good idea.

I spent a few days this week nursing my miffedness. Yes, that's a word. Because I said so. Anyway, after nursing my miffedness to the heights of self-pity, I had a different thought today. Why am I thinking of friendship as a two-way street? Why is reciprocity so important to me? I've had friends stick by me in the past when I wasn't reciprocating, after all (you know who you are, and I will be forever grateful to you for that, by the way). Right now, many of my RL friends have young families and stressful jobs and mortgage payments. Others have major life events happening. Others might be going through things I have no inkling about, because they have chosen to keep those things private, which is entirely their right. Others are hibernating, because winter in Canada is a bitch.

I have always viewed myself as a Good Friend™, which is problematic in and of itself. Because, sometimes, I'm not a good friend. I get wrapped up in my job. I go through periods of intense introversion. I get caught up in my own problems. I often don't notice when people stop posting on social media until they come back, and then I'm happy to see them again. "Hey," I realise, "I haven't seen that person in weeks! How nice to see them again!" So it's not like I don't know that my little experiment was the height of hypocrisy.

In short, this morning I both had a realisation and came to a decision. It's probably not a coincidence that this happened as I was on my way to Meeting, which is always cause for reflection and self-examination. I decided that I'm going to work very hard on no longer demanding reciprocity from my friendships. I have no control over other people's emotions or actions, only over my own.

Therefore it is my role, in my friendships, to be as good a friend as I can be, and not to expect friendship in return.

I'm back!

May. 2nd, 2014 09:05 am
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (White People)
The laptop charger arrived, so I am all set. When finances loosen up a little I am going to get myself another one, so I can keep one in Montreal and one in Ottawa. I think it was at least partly the fact that I had to wrap the cord over and over and over that led to the plastic/rubber casing wearing out and then fraying to the point of snapping. If I make the cords travel less, I'm sure they'll survive longer. Plus it'll save space when I pack.

The week in review. )
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Gone Out)
The power adapter for my laptop just died a tragic death. Yay, another unexpected expense. I've ordered a new one but it'll take several days to get to me, and if it hasn't arrived by Thursday I'll have to go to Ottawa without my laptop.

So if you don't hear from me, that's why. I will be checking in on Twitter by phone, but that's probably it.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Bugger)
I'm not feeling it today, nor was I yesterday, for that matter. The Migraine Fairy decided to pay a visit today in the wee hours of the morning, and so I called in sick to work for the first time in just under a year. The last time I called in sick I had no voice, and since my job involved my being on the phone for 12 hours, it seemed like a bad idea to go in.

Anyway, at least it happened here and not when I was home and would end up inconveniencing everyone. My landlords are out of town for the week, so I'm not in their way either.

Since I had the day "off" I probably should have done something useful with myself, but I didn't. I slept off the migraine and then mostly did a whole lot of nothing. So, day off wasted. I'm still tired but not enough to go to sleep yet, which is a bad idea.

I should probably turn in soon. Luckily tomorrow I'm going for another training class, this time on Power Point, so that means that not only do I get to sleep in (no 4am wake-ups! Yay!), but I also don't have to drive as far. All of this is super news, as far as I'm concerned. I'm also looking forward to learning how to use Power Point properly. I've never quite mastered it, and it's a skill I'd love to possess. I'm not getting the Excel class, apparently for budget reasons, which is sad. Excel is another of those software programs I'd love to improve on.

So, yeah, that about sums up my day. I was useless, but perhaps tomorrow I will be less so.

Good night, all.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Kingdom of Idiot)
I forgot to pack the power cable for my laptop. So I'm going to run out of battery very, very quickly. I shall perhaps be able to check in from work tomorrow, but perhaps not. Luckily I'm going back to Montreal Tuesday evening, so I won't be completely cut off for long. It was bound to happen sooner or later, because my brain is mush these days.

I shall return Tuesday, or maybe Wednesday, with scintillating insights into humanity. Or, you know, maybe just a small life update after Christmas. Tom-ayto, tom-ahto.

See you later, LJ!
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (All Cylons)
Hey, flist!

Can anyone help me with this? I got an external hard drive in January, and it started malfunctioning in February. Then I got sidetracked for a while, and yesterday when I plugged it in... nothing happened.

The thing itself is working. The blue light goes on when I plug it in (although it doesn't flash the way it did when it was "connecting" before), and I can hear it whirring away in there.

So at this point I'm willing to call the HD itself a loss and replace it, but I would ideally like to recover the nearly 50GB of stuff I have on there, which took a lot of time and trouble to accumulate.

Is this feasible? How would I do that when I can't get it to connect to my computer?

Halp!

I'm back!

Mar. 5th, 2010 11:38 am
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Television)
Schroedinger's Power Supply has made a comeback, after I put it in the corner to think about what it had done.

To celebrate, I give you a Supernatural clip with one of my favourite quotes, ever! It's got a teeny tiny mild spoiler for early Season 5, but nothing that will give away major plot lines or mytharc stuff. Basically it's pretty safe. It's only seventeen seconds long. You know you want to watch. :D



EAT IT, TWILIGHT!

\o/

(Yes, I learned that emoticon from the Supernatural fandom. I'm a lost cause.)

I think I need a new tag for this LJ. *adds it*
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (All Cylons)
Schroedinger's Power Supply is back, and in fine fettle!

I hadn't had a problem with it in a while. June 19th of last year, my LJ tells me. The timing is really inconvenient, let me just say.

I'm hoping it'll resurrect again. *crosses fingers*

Well, shit

Feb. 17th, 2010 04:32 pm
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Bugger)
Firefox tells me I use that subject line a lot. Dunno what that says about me.

So the happy new external hard drive I got myself as a birthday present is already malfunctioning. COME ON!

It keeps "ejecting" itself, and now 90% of the time it doesn't register when I plug it in. Highly annoying, especially since I have a LOT of stuff on there, including new episodes of Supernatural

Bah, humbug.

I think that I ought to start looking into copying some of this stuff onto CDs or whatever. Trouble is, I have NO idea how to do that. :(


In related but less frustrating news, does anyone out there in LJ land know how I would go about recording an MP3 on my computer? I mean, a recording of my own voice. I'm thinking of a birthday present for my mother, and I'd love to be able to record something for her that I could either give her as a computer file or maybe burn to a disc, or something. I have no idea where to even begin, but I'd like to avoid the complication of a hand-held recorder which I would then have to somehow put onto the computer and... uh. Yeah.

Help?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (What You Cannot Dismiss)
Got myself an external hard drive as a belated birthday present, because my computer was making angry noises at me about how much space I'm taking up with my downloads. I got 30% off on it, too. Score!


Also, I am SAD and OBSESSED. I think I mentioned it. I've been watching the DVD commentaries of Supernatural. I NEVER watch DVD commentaries of anything. I think there may be something seriously wrong with me when it comes to this show. I really, really don't understand what my problem is, I've never done this with a TV show before.

I used to do this with books. I'd find an author/series I loved, read all of it in one gulp, and sometimes re-read them a few times within a few weeks. I haven't done it since I was in high school, though. Maybe CEGEP.

Oy.

Further to also, I'm now paying attention to lighting, camera angles, musical choices, and specific instances of body language. Thank goodness I have to go back to work, otherwise I might end up holed up like a crazy person with charts and diagrams on my wall, imagining that the TV is talking to me. Eesh.

Okay, it's not that bad. But still, I am confusing myself, here. What the hell, Phnee?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Default)
Schroedinger's power supply has come back from the dead, after spending a night in the corner thinking about what it did. I have no idea if it'll last, but past experiences are allowing me a fair amount of optimism.

Today is the last day of vacation. *sigh* I actually awoke at 05:45 today in a panic, thinking I was late for work. Umm, no. That's tomorrow. My supervisor actually called yesterday to ask me if I wanted to come in for overtime today, but I wasn't home when he called, and when I called back to say "no" I was informed that they'd already found someone else. So, score!

[livejournal.com profile] ashforestwalker is coming over today to get started on the painting! I am very excited. He's doing the two front rooms today, which will leave the rest of the place for the week of Canada Day. Woo! I am finally going to have my yellow kitchen, which makes me very, very happy.

I got terribly sidetracked this week, and got very little done of what I had originally planned. So today, once I get home from doing stuff this morning, I am going to go grocery shopping, and then come home and do scads of cooking for the next week or two. The office has decided that I am no longer allowed to have statutory holidays ever again (that's my sarcastic voice), so I'll be working both on June 24th and on July 1st, but luckily I'll be doing day shifts only, so I should still be able to get out to the very important evening activities on both those days.

This has been a really nice little vacation. Not ultra-restful, but restful enough, and I got a lot of good things accomplished.

If I get around to it, I have a couple of extra entries to write for LJ: one about Cobra: The Musical, and one about the little cat who's been coming by, whom I've nicknamed Miss Blue. Also, I know I owe a few people words from the last meme, so don't worry, I haven't forgotten you. :)
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Fizzgig)
Schroedinger's power supply is doing it again. The computer doesn't recognize that the power supply is plugged in, and I am once again running off battery power.

The last two times it did this (it appears to do it at random intervals), the problem fixed itself after I left the computer alone in a corner to think about what it did. So I shall be trying that for a while.

Of course, [livejournal.com profile] ashforestwalker came today to set up for painting tomorrow (I shall have gorgeous new colour in the front rooms as of tomorrow night! YAY!), and so all my furniture is bunched up in such a way that I can't pop in a movie or anything to pass the time. I guess I shall be forced to read in bed. Oh no!

After losing first the internet and then my cat, I have run out of emotion for this latest chapter in the saga. I am pretty sanguine about the whole mess, all things considered. It figures, though, that the minute I acquire functional wireless internet, that my computer would throw a hissy fit.

In better news, I am having supper with [livejournal.com profile] moonandtree, who has promised me the World's Best Salad. It was supposed to be a barbecue, but since it's pouring rain out there we've taken a raincheck on that.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Vodka gods)
So yesterday around mid-morning the internet shat itself and died. Or, at least, my Sympatico connection did. Never fear, said I to myself, I shall simply try rebooting the modem, then if that doesn't work I'll reset it, and try rebooting the computer.

No dice. After several attempts, and after leaving the computer alone and everything shut down and unplugged for a couple of hours and trying again, I had to concede defeat. I called Sympatico, and tests were done. I asked after the power cord that I ordered back on May 31st, and was told by the sheepish customer service rep that the previous guy I spoke to had shipped it to my old address in Verdun, where I haven't lived for five years. *sigh*

Anyway, the power cord is now moot, to say the least. We did tests, checked all my phones (they weren't the culprit), checked the telephone line at a distance (also no problem), and the techs eventually conceded defeat, and promised to send someone over today between 08:00 and 12:00.

The technician arrived promptly at 09:30 this morning. I was quite pleased, although I have never been disappointed with Sympatico's technicians: they have always been punctual, professional, and efficient whenever they have come. This guy was no exception to the rule, although amusingly I had to lock the cats in the bathroom because he was terrified of them. Wouldn't go near them at all. Poor man, he really came to the wrong house.

An hour later, I have a new modem, and I am WIRELESS, baby! The guy doesn't know exactly what went wrong with my signal, but we are back online, and everything is good. So I have no complaints at all.

*does a Happy Wireless Internet Dance*
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Nibbled to death by cats)
George has killed another modem cable. Someone please remind me why I keep the cats around? Please?

(Repeat to self: I love my cats. I love my cats. I would regret it if I killed them and turned their pelts into rugs. I love my cats.)

Y'all will remember the last time this happened, and the subsequent saga and angry phone calls to Sympatico before the whole thing got resolved.

Luckily I now know the drill. I spoke to customer service, to a nice boy with an unpronounceable name clearly working out of India or a similar country, who promptly and politely put in an order for me. In the meantime I'm working with the replacement power cord I bought back in 2007, which is not ideal but will serve for now.

Cripes.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Gahoogy hoo!)
It looks like I may be able to run L4D on my Mac after all. That being said, I have no idea how to make this work. Maybe one of my local computer-savvy friends could help me with this one day? *bats eyelashes* I will cook for you and give you booze if you do!

See, it turns out that if I load something called Boot Camp on my computer, and then do something involving partitioning and installing Windows, then I'll be able to do it. This will also give me, as far as I can tell, the ability to run Windows software like Word and others without my Mac being a total pain in the ass about it.

Is there anyone local who can help me? Or can you point me toward a computer person whom I can pay to do this for me? Please please please pretty please with a cherry on top?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Gone Out)
Sneaking onto the public computer for a minute.

We are having some sort of weird server issue at work. Thus, you will have no news from me for now. Anyone trying to get me by email at work, this is why I haven't answered. Sorry for the inconvenience.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Gone Out)
Okay, the analogy isn't quite right. This morning, the computer recognizes the power supply. I'm still going to go next week and complain about the "intermittent" problem and see if they can figure out what's wrong with it, but for the most part things appear to be okay.

We'll see how long this lasts. I will be around, but if I disappear, you'll know why.

In the meantime, I have a lot of cleanup to do before the cleaning woman gets here. In order for her to clean, the surfaces have to be clear, after all.

Breakfast first.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Fizzgig)
I think my computer power cord just bit the dust. It is throwing the same hissy fit as when I went to [livejournal.com profile] owldaughter's for a writing jam last November and is pretending it's not plugged in.

Thus, I am running on battery power only. In a moment I will shut down the computer, and I will be incommunicado from home mostly until Monday at the earliest, since the damn store from which I got the computer is closed all of this week (well, it's open for another hour, but I'm not beating my way out there now), and I'm working this weekend, which means Monday. Of course on Monday I'm working all day AND have a class in the evening, so it'll probably have to go to Tuesday.

*headdesk*

I hate this. Why do I only ever have computer problems around statutory holidays?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Repress Someone Else)
It's not a migraine, but it's still unpleasant. I'm trying to make lasagna and muffins and maybe a pie in anticipation of this weekend, and it's really not helping. I really hope I'm not getting sick. That would suck on an epic scale.

The lasagna and I had a battle to the death. I stand victorious, if slightly scarred and scalded. The lasagna is also very much not friendly to the lactose-intolerant. Cheese for the win!

Sympatico is made of fail because they changed their SMTP setting-thingies without telling me, thus causing me to spend 30 precious minutes on the phone with tech support trying to figure out why my email wouldn't send.

I am going to take a bath while the lasagna cooks in the oven. After that, I will tackle either the pie or the muffins, whichever I feel like doing most.

Woe!

Sep. 5th, 2008 10:07 am
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Vodka gods)
After one glorious, heady evening of wireless internet, my connections are all borked. I just spent an hour and a half on the phone with Sympatico's tech support, and they got my regular connection up and running again. I am displeased.

I have the 1-800 number for the company that made my router (LinkSys, which the guy told me was good, but perhaps he lied in order to make his sale), and as soon as I've recovered from the last conversation with customer service, I'll be calling them to figure out what the hell is wrong with my router.

I tried the signal right in the living room (right before everything went to hell), and even then nothing loaded, so something must have gone horribly wrong with the wireless connection overnight. Why would it work last night and not this morning? God only knows.

Now I have to go about unpacking and setting up bookcases and CD racks and towel racks. I wish I hadn't had to spend all morning on this nonsense. :P

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