Thursday, February 28, 2008

Still new to this "blogging" thing

Here's a big clue as to how new I still am to blogging...

The son of one of my cousins, Nick, attends Northeastern University in Boston. Earlier this week, a story appeared in the Boston news that Nick had disappeared...

And I'm blogging about it now, rather than when I first heard about it!

Nick disappeared after a Super Bowl party. Nothing was missing from his apartment except his laptop computer, cell phone and charger. He hadn't been heard from in weeks.

Link to article

But the story has a happy ending. Today, the papers report that he's been Paris, France.

Way to go, Nick! If you're gonna screw up and drive everyone crazy, do it right!

Link to article

From what relatives tell me, there's always been a bit of a clash between Nick and his dad because their personalities are so alike. Nick's older brother dropped out of school to go to work, so I guess Nick had to one-up him by dropping out, not telling Mom and Dad that he dropped out, and running off to Paris! From what I hear, he actually was working over there and all I can say to that is, "Nick, if you want to take a year off from school to work in Paris, that sounds lovely...but tell your Mom and Dad! Don't just drop out and disappear and not tell anybody!"

Anyway, he's safe and he finally got in touch with his family. He'll be coming home within the next day or so. But stay tuned...just because he's coming home doesn't mean he's going to stay home.

Can't wait to see what Nick's younger brother does to one-up Nick...on second thought, yeah, I can wait.

Family...gotta love 'em!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Too, Too Funny

From Comics Curmudgeon

"We all had a good laugh at Garfield without his thoughts; but are you ready for Garfield minus Garfield? When will the nonstop abuse of poor Arbuckle end?"

Check it's hilarious!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Scattergories MEME

Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up!

4 LETTER WORD: Jack (as in a car jack)
TV SHOW: Jack and Jill
CITY: Jacksonville
DRINK: Jack Daniels
BOY NAME: Jack (I'm starting to sense a theme to this meme)
OCCUPATION: Jackhammer Operator
CELEBRITY: Jack Nicholson
FOOD: Jack Cheese (okay, Monterrey Jack)
SOMETHING FOUND IN A BATHROOM: Jacki's prescriptions

Okay, let's try this again, without all the Jacks...

WHAT IS YOUR NAME: Jacki (sorry, but that is my name)
4 LETTER WORD: Jape (look it up)
TV SHOW: Jeopardy
CITY: Jessup (Maryland)
DRINK: Jericho Julep
CELEBRITY: John Stamos
FOOD: Jambalaya

Friday, February 22, 2008

Brain Scan

Haven't posted in a long while because I've been working on my writing. I finally finished Chapter 3 today--mainly because my boss decided to close the office today due to weather. Hopefully now I'll be able to get some reading and crafts in, and of course, blogging.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I'm Back!

What a pain these last few weeks have been! My old PC finally had enough of all my blogs and games and gave up the ghost. I'd been having warning signs for a couple weeks...I'd been hearing this strange, tinny pinging when I started up Old Faithful in the morning which disappeared after a few minutes. So I didn't think much of it, but I knew it wasn't a good sign. Then one morning, it didn't stop pinging. That evening, I played it safe and spent about four hours backing up all my data onto thumb drives and CDs. The next day, it wouldn't start. The CPU fan had finally given up. Wonderful.

Part of the problem is the fact that the case sat on the floor. In case I ever failed to mention, there are four cats in my house. I think you all know where this is heading. I gave it a good cleaning out six months ago when I replaced the power supply (which had burned out from too much cat hair in the system) and a quick clean once a month or so after that, but apparently dust and hair had been building up under the fan and it finally burned out.

So now I was faced with a dilemma. Either spend $25 or so on a new CPU fan and keep the 6+ year old Faithful going or spend some of my tax refund and buy a new computer. That's part of the reason I haven't been on for a while...I was trying to decide what to do! And every techie I talked to basically said the same thing: Buying a new fan would fix the problem, but I'll be faced with buying a new PC within the next 18-24 months. And, of course, being techies, and being given a choice, they'd all go with a new system.

My decision was sealed when I went to the local Circuit City "just to see what they had." I wasn't looking for my dream computer--that's an $1800.00 Dell Laptop--but something that would let me read my blogs, play my games, e-mail and word processing. Usual home PC stuff. I'm not a heavy gamer, so I don't need a mega-graphics card, but I'm enough of a techie that I can tell when a system is not a good one and don't skimp on the RAM. And I found it. It's an HP Slimline with a 500G hard drive, 2G RAM, AMD Athlon 64 x2 Processor. The Slimline case means it's about 1/3 smaller than a standard CPU, which means it would fit beautifully on my desktop. Which means less cat hair clogging up the vents!

I was ready to buy right there and then, but--you guessed it--it wasn't in stock, wasn't in the local warehouse and wasn't available in any Circuit City in a 50 mile radius. I went home and, using my mother's PC, checked it out on line. Not only was it not available for 'order online/pick up at store' within 50 miles of home, but it wasn't available within 50 miles of my church (which is an hour away from where I live--long story). Being the savvy computer shopper, I logged onto Best Buy. We don't have one local, but there's one near my church...but they didn't have it in stock either.

The Computer Geek Gods were smiling on me, though. I could get it at the Frederick, MD store, an hour north of where I live. I didn't buy it right away. I debated for another day or so, then went ahead and made the purchase. Old Faithful would work fine with a new fan, but I really, really wanted a new PC. I picked it up on Saturday and I have been loading it up ever since. I love it...except for one's a Vista. I'm slowly getting used to it.

So now I'm back, AD has a new chapter of Star of Life on his blog (great, great story so far, AD...keep 'em coming!), I'm working hard to finish my writing assignment (Chapter 3, due Feb 22), and, well, I'll try posting a bit more often.