Monthly Archives: February 2009
It’s happened again.
Multiple items on my library hold list come in all at once.
Right now I’m reading Burn Out by Marcia Muller.
San Francisco private investigator Sharon McCone tries to get away from it all, and ends up in the middle of another mess.
Cleaning up messes is McCone’s passion, and her business.
What a great way to spend a cold Saturday–home, under a warm blanket, reading a Marcia Muller mystery.
Life just get any better.
I’m wiped out.
Add really cranky to my list.
But I’m also happy it’s Friday, and I have two whole days off.
I’m so tired that I’m afraid my brain matter is going to start oozing out of my ears, hit my shoulder blades, and plop on the floor at my feet.
Translated, this means I’ll be checking your blogs tomorrow.
Tonight I’m going to watch Ghost Whisperer and start my book, Burn Out, by Marcia Muller.
I just need to share one thing with all of you, thanks to my blogging buddy Floyd, who posted about Microsoft today. Floyd’s post got me to thinking about Microsoft’s current woes.
Floyd’s post reminded me about Susan Orlean.
It’s been all over the internet that writer Susan Orlean is writing her new book using Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word.
Let me back up a moment here, give you some history about my revelation.
Susan Orlean is a published author, and I’m a blogger. I work for a nonprofit by day, then come home at night and blog to relax and do something different.
I also write, just a bit.
Nothing published, but I tap out some words on the weekends and when the words just won’t stay inside of me anymore.
I’ve always used a desktop computer, and I installed Microsoft Word on my desktop.
Last year, about this time, I bought a laptop and transferred all of my files from the desktop (XP) to my new computer (VISTA). I gave my desktop computer to my grandchildren, because they are all internet and gamer children.
When I went to access my Microsoft Word files, a little window came up and told me I was enjoying a “free trial” of MS Word.
And I could not use my MS Word disc to install on my new computer.
I had to pay ANOTHER $165, for “the latest and greatest” version of Word.
My answer to Microsoft, then and now, is “eat shit and die, mother effers.”
Every month or so, Microsoft emails me with another great deal for the latest and greatest version of Word.
The day after Christmas, the price on Word was $59.
I’m not going to buy something I’ve already bought.
So, when I read about Susan Orlean writing her novel on Google Docs, a light went off in my tired brain.
Ding ding ding ding ding.
I can use Google Docs for FREE.
Did you hear me, Microsoft?
For FREAKIN’ FREE.
And that’s all I wanted to say about the subject.
Oh yeah, thanks to Susan Orlean.
I’m going to buy her next book.
No blogging for me tonight.
Instead, I’m going to share with you Luka’s favorite Guitar Hero song.
BTW, Luka is my 5 year-old grandson.
Have you ever considered the benefits of work?
Money is utterly cool, but I’m talking about the non financial benefits of work.
Having something to do, every day, that takes me away from my own dreams, desires, problems, issues, etc., is greater than any (small amount of) money I get from working (I work for a nonprofit, after all).
Work defines my days, and my weeks.
There’s also the satisfaction I get from doing my job well (I’m told that I’m good at what I do, thankfully by my employer). Which is good, because I invested seven years and ~$100,000 on my education.
I got home from work tonight, tired but very satisfied, after my day of work.
As I listened to the news, about our horrible economy and all of the jobs being lost, I said a silent prayer of thanks for my job.
Sure, I’m glad I can pay my rent, make my student loan payments, and enjoy cable television and internet.
But what’s even better is the chance to use my brain every day, to have a place to go every day that’s not my studio apartment, to work with a team of passionate, caring professionals.
I could go on and on.
But I’ll spare you more of my ramblings (at least for now).
I’m just happy to have a job, a profession, a calling if you will.
And now I’ve got to go, because it’s time to get ready for another day of blissful toil.