Month: January 2012

Month In Review: January

I thought it might be fun to check in with my New Years Resolutions and see how I’m doing.  At the very least, it might help me feel accountable for sticking to them.

  1. Take better care of myself.  If I’m being honest, I haven’t kept this at all.  I was going to give myself partial credit, but when I read how I actually worded this, I get straight zeroes.  The key word here is “better.”  I’ve been taking exactly the same care of myself as always.
  2. Read every day.  Good, I pass this with flying colors.  I read three books this month. And, perhaps most importantly, there was only one day when I completely forgot about reading, but my book was sitting out on my bed, so I got a chapter in before I went to sleep.
  3. Blog every day.  I had anticipated that this would be the hardest resolution to keep.  Oh me of little faith.  This one has been easy.  For proof look no further than my blog archive and the 30 entries in January 2012.  I was slightly concerned that giving myself the day off for the SOPA/PIPA blackout would work against me, but I got right back in the habit of blogging.
  4. Work on my house.  I haven’t worked on this every day, but I have made some progress around the house.  I know I could do better, but some is better than nothing.

Clearly, I need to continue the good work with reading and blogging and concentrate more on myself and my house.  I’m feeling pretty good about reading and blogging.  They say that it takes 21 days for a new habit to stick, and if that’s true, then I have two new “sticky” habits.  This makes me feel like concentrating on the areas where I need improvement won’t derail me.

Until tomorrow.

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Ode To My New Chair

Well, not an ode, exactly, but I am pretty excited about my new desk chair.  My parents got me my first desk chair when I was in college.  It served me well for a decade or so, but I had to put it out to pasture a year and a half ago.  (Here “put it out to pasture” means “leave it in my office as a horizontal space on which to put paper I want to recycle.”)  When my old-old desk chair stopped working, I turned to the only available chairs I had: my dining room chairs.  It was only supposed to be temporary, but I used a dining room chair as my desk chair for a year and a half.

My dining room/desk chair

Looks comfy, right?  It’s really not so bad for short periods of time.  But sitting for hours straight (like for online classes or when writing 15-page papers in two days) was murder.  Now that my new chair is here, it can join its fellows in my dining room.

My new desk chair (that's an actual desk chair)

So much nicer.  It was custom-built to my specifications (!) and has all the latest bells and whistles.  (Who knew desk chairs had bells and whistles?)  I guess this officially marks the end of Christmas, as this was a Christmas present from my parents.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

Speaking of my dad, it’s his birthday today.  Happy Birthday, Dad!

Until tomorrow.

Huh

I missed Friday night’s Fringe because I was watching the Chuck finale.  Since I just got rid of my DVR, this could’ve posed a problem.  But no worries.  New episodes of Fringe are available to watch online in their entirety at FOX’s Website.

Or so I thought.  It turns out, new episodes of Fringe are locked for eight days before you can watch them online.  (Unless you have Dish Network, or something.  I don’t know.  I was too busy being distracted by the big lock symbol to really read the “helpful” information provided.)

What the hell is up with that?  Penalizing the consumer?  For, what, being busy on a Friday night?  This is complete crap.  It’s just another example of the entertainment industry establishment reacting in ridiculous ways to a present and future it doesn’t understand.  The Internet is a part of daily life now.  You can’t put the genie back in the bottle.  The entertainment industry needs to adapt in positive ways if it wants to survive.  If you continue to make it overly difficult for people to consume your content online in legal ways, you can’t help but expect them to turn to piracy.  (For the record, I am against piracy.  I haven’t pirated a thing since the advent of the iTunes Store.  And even when I did use Napster, I always said that if I had the ability to buy single songs for 99 cents, I would.)

So, FOX, thanks for punishing me.  And, y’know, yourselves.  Because I’m now forced to watch each episode online since it will be impossible for me to catch up before the next new episode airs (a funny consequence of locking episodes for a week and a day).  And I’ve already given up Glee.  And I’ve been thinking about giving up New Girl and Raising Hope for a while and this is kinda nudging me in the “give them up” direction.  Hell, I’d give up Fringe if I didn’t have such a special place in my heart for niche sci-fi shows (especially when they star my favorite actor from Dawson’s Creek).

Until tomorrow.

I Got Nothin’

Today’s been a pretty lazy day for me (not uncommon for a Saturday).  And I have nothing to write about.  Plus, I’m at my parents’ house, so my list o’ potential blog topics is not available.  Not that I think I’d write about one of them if I had it with me.  I’m pretty tired, so I think I’ll just wrap this up.

Oh, but I did just check my Facebook account on my laptop (as opposed to using the iPhone app, which is how I normally check Facebook) and I was reminded that some blog I don’t read sent me a friend request.  I find that bizarre.  Of all the blogs I do read, I’ve only connected with one on Facebook and even then I only liked the fan page, we’re not friends.  (Man, I wanted to put quotes around half the words in that sentence.)  I can’t help but wonder if I actually know someone at that blog.  Weird.

Until tomorrow.

Blame It On The Rain

Yeah, I just quoted Milli Vanilli.  I’m a little surprised by that, too.  Oh well.

I do blame the fact that I didn’t get out of bed at 7 this morning on the rain.  My alarm went off and I was exhausted, so I hit the snooze button.  The next time my alarm went off I was more alert and that’s when I noticed the rain.  It was pouring.  It was one of those sounds that just makes me want to stay in bed forever (when I was in college I tended to skip my first class on days when it rained for that very reason).  I figured I could take another 20 minutes and sleep ’til 7:30.

In the end, it was almost 11 by the time I stopped hitting the snooze button.  And I still didn’t get out of bed until noon (I probably shouldn’t keep my iPad in bed).  Unsurprisingly, I got nothing school-related done today, but that’s okay.  There wasn’t anything that really needed to be done.

One other thing before I forget.  Last night, while I was watching Brand New’s videos on their VEVO page (and after writing yesterday’s post), it occurred to me that if there were finally official versions of their videos on YouTube, then there was a very strong chance that their videos were finally available through the iTunes Store.  I checked and sure enough, there they were.  I was thrilled and bought them immediately.  And I give myself bonus points because the timestamps show that the videos became available on VEVO and the iTunes Store on the same day, December 13.  And even more bonus points for correctly guessing that the videos had only recently been added to VEVO (I hadn’t looked at the timestamp before I wrote the post).  But I am disappointed that I randomly discovered these things for myself instead of being informed through the band’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.  It’s entirely possible that I missed an announcement on both networks, but judging by the small number of views on YouTube, I really don’t think I did.

Until tomorrow.

I Win

Everything.  I win everything.

My technology problems?  Over.  Once again, all my fun tech toys do what I tell them to do. (But I totally printed some of the Lion WiFi tips I found online yesterday.  I have no faith that I won’t continue to experience WiFi issues.  And as someone who has loved Apple since I was a little kid, this really bums me out.)

I felt so good about beating technology into submission that I decided to tackle something else and I finally took a first pass at cleaning out my closet.  Clearing space in the closet allowed me to attack the pile of clothes that had been building at the foot of my bed for over a year.  The pile was approximately 18 inches high and my bed almost looks weird without. But weird in an awesome way.  Today I only had the energy to put everything away.  Tomorrow I’ll go through the stuff again and cull some more (I have five pairs of black pants, that seems excessive to me).  Then I’ll deal with the piles of dirty clothes on the floor of my closet.  I’m not looking forward to the laundry, but I am looking forward to getting my closet even cleaner and ultimately being able to give most of the stuff away.

I was on YouTube earlier and I discovered that Brand New has (finally) added their actual music videos to their VEVO page.  (Judging by the very low number of views each video has, this is a recent addition.)  No more grainy video of “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” for me.  Although I do kinda miss the Fuse logo chyron in the upper right corner (is that weird?).

And if that weren’t enough proof that I win, the Phillie freakin’ Phanatic was on 30 Rock!  I wonder if he knew that in the previous episode, Liz Lemon posited that he is biologically female?  Doesn’t matter.  The Phillie Phanatic was on 30 Rock.  Two great tastes that taste great together.  Plus, I noticed that Tom Burgoyne, the Phanatic’s best friend, was listed in the credits.

Thanks, universe.  Today was a good day.

Until tomorrow.

Blah

Just a quick update so I can give myself a gold star for blogging today.

I’ve been having WiFi issues for the past two days.  It started shortly after I upgraded to OS X Lion (good job, Apple).  I got it fixed last night and this morning I came back from Target to find that WiFi was dead.  Again.  I wasn’t prepared to deal with the same issue so soon, so I put it off to read some textbooks and then re-watch X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in the same movie, be still my beating heart).  I finally got online through a straight ethernet connection and here I am.

The apparent causal relationship (bringing it back to what I read today, go me) between my upgrade to Lion and my WiFi issues did not go unnoticed this morning.  The first thing I did when I got back online was google “lion wifi problem.”  It appears I am not the only person to have this issue.  People have experienced it since Lion launched.  Apple, I am disappointed, seriously.

Anyways, I’m off to try some of the solutions I found.  Wish me luck.

Until tomorrow.