Wednesday, June 22, 2011

[Pre-Painting Line-Up]

Moved to http://www.brushstrokesbyniki.com/2011/06/pre-painting-line-up.html

[Happy Dance]

[sing-songy voice] My phone arrives todaaa-aaay! My phone arrives todaaa-aaay! [insert a still-sleepy but ecstatic jig here]

Yup. That's all I've got for now. Perhaps this evening, once I've got everything set up, I'll have room in my head for something besides the hope of a working phone and this week's student conferencing.

Monday, June 20, 2011

[Case in Point]

Buying a new phone, especially one like the Evo, seems like a bit of an indulgence when I've been worrying about my finances. However, this morning, I received some additional confirmation that I'm doing the right thing. As I lay in bed sleeping blissfully, the thought occurs to me that I've been comfortably asleep too long for having finally zonked out at 2 a.m. and having my alarm set for 9 a.m.... And sure enough, I rolled over in a slight panic and saw that my phone read 10 a.m., and the alarm clock had frozen in the midst of trying to ring... again... and just like a lot of phone calls I receive. After a curse word or two, I lept up, glad I had still woken up an hour before I needed to leave, and went into double time.

I was also further heartened when I saw the shipment notification in my email. Here's hoping it gets here fast, even though I opted for economy shipping (free). I've gotten packages in two days before with that choice... but not often.

And now, I'm off to finish getting ready for work. I wonder if my students will notice that I'm winging it today having not had my usual morning prep time...

Edit: According to the tracking info, it should be here Thursday. Sigh... Sooner than it could've been, but I wish it were here now! It's like my phone knows I'm getting rid of it, so it's acting out worse than ever to be spiteful.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

[Attention Springfield Area Dogsters:]

This weekend is Bark in the Park at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial/Springfield Botanical Garden. It's Saturday morning from 8 to 12, and your $10 fee gets you entrance to the event, a t-shirt, and a chance to benefit Cruse Dog Park.  You'll also get a chance to meet a bunch of folks with pet-related businesses and non-profit organizations.  I hope to see you there!

For more info: http://tamepetmag.com/calendar/event-details?ev_id=161 or http://www.parkboard.org/info/dog_park/pdfs/bark_in_park11.pdf

Friday, June 03, 2011

[Follow-Up]

Correction to this morning's information: my AC isn't 15 years old... it's 30. According to the repairman that came out today, it's a 1981 unit.

In other words, my AC is older than me. Yikes.

By the time he came by, the unit was working fine again, so for now, there'll be no replacement (my parents and I are both getting a bit, shall I say, broke. So, we're going to hold off for a little while; we are, however, going to get some estimates from the repairman that came out today so we have a plan for when the AC finally does give up the ghost.

Sigh.

In other thoughts/news, I took some pics of the new office look a few minutes ago (hence the less-than-natural lighting). I'm still contemplating artwork for the walls and an accent color for the drapes (I'm leaning toward teal (like my front door and the border on my bulletin board) or black-and-white damask, but I'm not sure yet), and the color's warmer in person, but here's what it looks like so far:





If any images are rotated incorrectly, it's because no matter what program I use, the photo[s] want to stay they way they were before I edited and saved the changes (seriously... I tried several, and all the same, I keep seeing the wrong version on here even when it looks right on my computer in the original file. Weird.)

[Productive, Insane Break]

This spring, I only have a two week break between semesters (I'm used to three), so it's been a two weeks filled with double-time get-everything-home-and-non-work-related-accomplished-while-I-can madness.  Since submitting grades just under two weeks ago, I:


  • Emptied my home office/library
  • Moved one of my bookcases to my bedroom (note: except for putting up the trim that I painted around the ceiling and Dad installing my ceiling fan, this was all solo work)
  • Painted the light beige office walls a warm, buttery, bright yellow
  • Painted the beige trim white
  • Moved the remaining bookshelves back into the room and reorganized my entire book and movie collection
  • Moved my antique desk from my living room (where it's been for months) back to my office since Dad installed a grounded electrical outlet where I could actually utilize it instead of along a short wall that had no room for my desk
  • Reorganized my living room
  • Weeded my flower garden
  • Painted my old bulletin board in two new colors (dark teal and my kitchen's green to ease the transition with the rest of my house's colors
  • Painted my front door and screen door that same dark teal (Mom's not too fond, but is she ever?)
  • Visited my parents for five days around Memorial Day and while there,
  • Shot a pistol for the first time and qualified for conceal-carry (see the previous entry for my surprising success--I'm good at something that requires coordination for once!)
  • Mutilated my thumb when it slipped under the gun's hammer during my last few rounds; it bled furiously and still hurts like the dickens whenever I use my left hand, which I do for almost everything but eating, writing, and throwing objects, as I was born a lefty but raised to be a righty
  • Brushed Sassy every day of break, as she's blowing her winter coat, and managed to fill four or five plastic grocery bags with her loose fur
  • Nursed Sassy back to health (at the parents' and at home the next day) when Sassy overdid it at the lake and strained her tail muscle (seriously); she wouldn't wag it for anything, and it flopped straight down for three days. She's back to normal now, though, so it's all good.
  • Took Sassy to the lake twice and worked with her on "lay down" before throwing the ball every time--a much bigger challenge than on land, because she's very, very water-retrieval obsessed
I still have some odds and ends from the office I need to either store or organize, but I'm taking my time with them. Needless to say, I'm wiped out (hence my blog silence lately) and in no mood for what transpired last night: my air conditioner letting me know it's on its last legs. Yup, with a week of highs in the low-to-mid-90's in the forecast, I came into my dining room to see that, despite my AC being set on 70 (to accommodate the rising level of body heat due to all the physical work I'd been doing in the house that day) for four hours, it had never gotten cooler than 73. Air was coming out, but it was only cool, not cold, like normal. It's working today, after I turned it off, but it's doing weird things like turning itself off when I turn the thermostat down two degrees instead of blowing longer. It comes back on a few minutes later, but hey, the signs are there.

And I really can't afford this.  But, we knew it was coming eventually--it's an older unit, at least 15 years old, so it was only a matter of time. Still, we'd hoped it would hold on one more year.

So, friends, I really would love some feedback on the Freelance Niki post two posts ago. I need to start bringing in a few extra dollars each week to keep my head above the water while my classes are cut back.  Drop me a comment on that, please!  Thank you!

Alright... the stomach tells me it needs food, stat, so I'm off for now. Stay cool!