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Apartment Full of Boxes September 8, 2016

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Living Room w/ Boxes

So, most of my apartment is now packed, and going to stay that way until I move in two weeks. I still have a bedroom and bathroom, and the minimum of needed things in my kitchen, but everything else is packed. At least repeated visits by pest control motivated me to pack early? I stopped by my soon-to-be rental office to see my new place yesterday, and still have to wait a couple days, but also ended up moving my lease signing date up by a day, as they are closing early on the day I intended to sign.

Over the weekend, I set up a WAMPServer on my laptop, install Drupal on said server, and got all the way through Drupal for Dummies, having to adjust for the several years, and therefore versions, since the book had been printed. The point of this was to start working on a genealogical site for all the research I’ve been doing, but not to have it on the internet before it’s complete. So, the intent is to get it all organized and the database filled before it goes anywhere near live online. So far, so good, though the newest version looks far more like WordPress than previous iterations, so I may just end up hand-coding anyway. We shall see.

I also finished listening to What If? and got all the way through Shepard’s Crown, the final book written by Terry Pratchett before he passed into the next world in 2015. The Nac Mac Feegles of his books inspired me to write a silly short story I called Fairy Wishes. I also finished Self-Inflicted Wounds – Heartwarming Tales of Humiliation by Aisha Tyler, on Rich’s recommendation, this afternoon. On the reading front, I’ve recently been trying my brain at Graphic Novels. So, I’ve read Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Book 1, and Y – The Last Man, books 1 and 2.

Upcoming plans – still hoping, but not betting, on going to the Ren Faire, getting some tech help next week to fix/upgrade my computers, lots of moving of things.

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Adventures in Book Signings November 14, 2013

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Had a nice quiet weekend. I wrote my association review, watched the Alien movies and the last 2/3 of season 5 of CSI. Cuddled with the puppy, occasionally nuzzled the cat, and generally just took it easy trying to get over the illness, that Saturday morning had me hacking up a lung and calling off work. Feeling much better this week, but still have a lingering tickle that results in pathetic little dry coughs throughout the day.

We had Sarah Palin in the store this week, signing her new book Good Tidings, Great Joy. It was quite the event, with private security, police and many managers visiting from others stores to help out. I didn’t get the final count, but I think it was somewhere around 350+ people that came out to see her. Which was pretty good, considering it was at noon on a Wednesday while everyone was working. All in all, it went pretty smoothly.

My homework is done for this week, just a bunch of posting was due. I really enjoyed this week’s readings. The topic was access to information, so we read about things like genealogy, the cycle of information poverty, and changing from being gate-keepers to gate-openers as librarians. And now I have vague bubbles of ideas about making a genealogical database of my family, and then trying to put it online as a database driven website. Those things may not work the way I want them to work. Also, it’s a much bigger project than I’ll have time for, but we’ll see how obsessed with it I become. 😉

This weekend will be lots of hanging out with friends, and ends with my store Holiday Meeting. Which they are doing at 9pm instead of 7am, which I appreciate so very, very much. But they’re doing a potluck… at 9pm… on a Sunday. Most people have signed up to bring snacks and desserts. I don’t think anyone really wants dinner food that late at night. And then the madness of the holiday season officially begins. It has already snowed, so the state is ready.

Also, a belated Happy Birthday to my brother, who turned 35 on Sunday.