Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A vacation at the halfway point is a sad thing.

Why sad? Because I know that the second half is shorter, with its two days of travelling included.

Little Bro and I are leaving to go to our parents' place this afternoon. We'll meet Hubby at the airport, and then hop into the car with Dad to drive for another 4 hours. It's going to be a long day.

I will be cruel, though, and mention my yarn aquisitions ;-) I went to two of the LYSs in Little Bro's city, and ended up with some STR, some Noro, and some of the Needful Joy that I'd used to make a shifting sands scarf earlier in the summer. Pictures and links should be posted once I'm home at my parents.

(I'm in a computer lab here at Little Bro's school, and the shift key sticks, not to mention that I can't install anything, or even look at Hotmail. I wouldn't connect my camera to this machine for anything.)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Laptop is fixed, and going on vacation!

I had to share ;-)

Fixed, and after 5 days of rigorous testing (i.e. my normal routine), it seems to be working perfectly. The extra memory isn't showing itself in drastic ways, but the laptop boots faster, and seems to handle multiple programs better.

Yay!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Rambling my way into vacation.

Well, the chip arrived, so I'm waiting for IT Guy to have some time (hopefully this week) to come over, pop it in, and bring my laptop back to life.

Assuming that everything goes to plan, I haven't decided if I'm going to take my laptop on vacation with me next week. On the one hand, it would allow me to download photos and empty my memory card if needed, but on the other hand, it might suck up a lot of my time.

Another benefit would be during the days - because of the security people in Little Bro's residence house, I technically am not allowed to have his keys, so I either spend the ENTIRE day in his apartment by myself, or spend the entire day out. I'm planning on parking myself at the local overpriced coffee chain with free wireless and spend my days there, but I could technically get away with just my iPod and some knitting. No laptop would force me to actually finish those Thujas that have been languishing on my needles.

The bottom line is that I'm not exactly sure what I'll do. Don't be alarmed if I drop off the face of the earth until mid-September. I'll reward patience with wedding photos.

(Photos of my handsome Hubby in a tux, and photos of me in a light orangey colored dress with an empire waist, that's likely to take my substantial frame and turn it into a pink grapefruit.)

See you all soon!

P.S. I've decided on Mariah, and I'll be ordering the yarn after the vacation. I'm saving room on the credit card just in case.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

A light at the end of the tunnel!

We've figured out what's wrong with my laptop!

Our IT guy came back (for unrelated work on my boss's computer), and came in to take a look at the patient, in case there was anything else that could be done before I had to send it away.

We ran several utilities, including all the ones that seemed to help a bit last time, and added on a hardware analysis. The normal utilities kept crashing about 3/4 of the way through their runs, which was a little disconcerting, although they still seemed to be fixing small errors. IT Guy was figuring it was a hardware problem, so on with that analysis we went.

Eureka! A bad RAM chip.

This (according to IT.G.) is one of the best possible scenarios. Order new RAM chip, pop old RAM out, pop new RAM in, and we're in business. There's a chance that some of the files I may have accessed after the chip went wonky could be corrupted, but he assures me that this likelihood is extraordinarily small.

Total cost to me: <$100, all for the RAM and delivery. And I get an upgrade in RAM, because it wasn't worth it to get the same size chip that's in there now. It'll double my RAM, and since my processor is so fast, I should be able to notice a difference. Woo-hoo!

Now all that remains to be seen is whether the chip arrives in time for it to be fixed before my vacation.

:-)

In knitting news, I haven't decided on which sweater to make, but I think the yarn I've chosen will work for both (with a possible bit of needle switching). The funny thing is, with the strength of the Canadian dollar right now, there's no point in waiting to go to Canada and buy with my earned American money, since the exchange is so low. It's significantly cheaper for me to just order it online from a US supplier (cheaper, as in 60$ instead of nearly 100$).

This is so cheap, in fact, that I will have plenty of money left in my alloted yarny vacation budget to buy lots of fun stuff, like STR and Dream in Color, or whatever luxe things they have in stock.

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Computer woes.

The laptop, after getting its overhaul by our wonderful IT guy, had been behaving relatively well for a few weeks. That is, until this morning.

It froze, but then wouldn't restart. It still won't boot up.

My boss called the IT guy, who says he has another diagnostic magic wand to wave at the laptop, but after that, she is going to get fixed, overhauled, whatever she needs. Right now, it's more feasible for me to pay a few hundred dollars to get another year out of this computer than to shell out for a new one.

Oh, I am so depressed.

Friday, August 3, 2007

A woman's prerogative...

... is to change her mind.

(please don't flame me; I don't mean that in a derogatory sense!)

But, yes, I've changed my mind. I love Josephine, and still like the idea of making this sweater, but buying thirty-one balls of yarn seems so drastic. I kept on searching through knitty and found a couple of possible replacements - Samus and Mariah. Right now I'm leaning toward Mariah, because it's.... well, it's cablier.

Cablier? It must be Friday if I'm making up words.

They also have advantages in that the yarns suggested will be easy to find and/or substitute, and they'll cost much less.

*sigh* It's been a good day, but I'm about ready for it to be over. I've accumulated quite a sleep debt in the last week or so, and even though I got 8.5 hours of sleep last night, I'm still exhausted.