Month: June 2008

Rethinking Self

In the past few weeks, my PS3 died (no word on it yet), my computer with all my photography, writing, and important files died, and yesterday, I effectively killed the laptop. Right now, we do not have a functional computer.

This has wiped out my two or three attempts to produce my biannual (not biennial) newsletter, Dragonfly. I do not have my mailing list, and every story I wrote has been killed on both computers. Needless to say, the newsletter will be delayed.

I can’t help but think I am slightly cursed… and I should start rethinking myself and my reliance on computers. Of course, the primary reason I am so upset the situation is my lost photography, which happens to be digital with computer a necessary component. Right now, that is still an open wound for us… still no hope in recovery at this point. I am considering alternative activities and have begun reading a book series I read several years ago. A comfort read.

We did celebrate my birthday that is tomorrow (I have to close the library on my birthday, so not doing anything on my actual birthday). Last weekend we went on a river cruise of the Rhine Neckar valley (a three hour tour… *Gilligan’s Island theme song*), Thursday we picked up outdoor furniture and lighting, and Saturday we went shopping down the Hauptstrasse. We picked up some new digs for Herr, I purchased a new dress, then we went to eat at Konomi (Japanese restaurant) and had a cocktail at Regie. No worries, they have non-alcoholic drinks. 😉

Well, guess it is time to find out what I should be doing with myself, since it is obvious my house was built on a graveyard and the ghosts are attacking my electrical devices. Good thing I don’t have a television to get sucked into…

Death of a Computer…

A few days ago, my massive computer crashed. I think back to when I originally purchased the pieces, knowing that overheating would be a serious problem. My brother refused to put together a system using water cooling (very effective and not as risky as it used to be), so I have multiple fans and a monster heat sink working overtime. All for naught. My computer fried its hard drive.

Let’s recap what is on said hard drive. All my and Herr’s photography (allllll of it). All my Web design work. All my writing. All the programs I need to do everything already mentioned. Much more that would be hard to replace. Okay, now we get an idea of the severity of the situation…

So I began all recovery options. All have failed. I am now to the point of narrowing the scope of the problem. Is it the entire hard drive? Are files recoverable? Can I fix it if I can access it like a storage device? Where the heck is all the heat coming from? (I am guessing the answer to that last question is a combination: dog dander and fur, flashing lights on the case, location, and Internet Explorer 7.)

Productivity and motivation have plummeted through the floor. We still have a laptop, but it barely gets me through the basics. While I was looking for a way to regulate my time spent on my computer, this wasn’t one of the options I envisioned. I hope both my PS3 and computer come back working optimally, but we’ll see what the jury decides.

A Day in the Life…

Saturday was the big furniture shipment day. The movers arrived around 9:30 a.m. The movers behaved oddly, in my opinion, but we eventually got them out. The day will be shown in pictures! So follow along… 😉

The Living Room
The Living Room
The couch comes whole, but the chairs require some assembly. The dogs are good about the new furniture.

The couch and chairs still are covered in case doggies are interested in them, but so far so good.

Testing the Chairs
Herr tests the swivel chairs while petting Ruby.

Ruby Watching
Ruby watches us try out the new chairs.

Tommy eats Plastic
Tommy Hamming it Up
Okay, not eats it, but he chews on it. Anything he can fit in his mouth… *sigh* No, he doesn’t swallow it, or else we wouldn’t let him play with it.

Bookshelves in Boxes
The boxes arrive
Now up to the library. The living room arrangement will have to wait. The library has been acting as a warehouse until now.

Tommy Watches the Construction
Tommy Watching
I constructed a little barricade to keep the dogs out while Herr puts together the most complex bookshelf.

Putting it together
Second shelf up
Shelves are starting to come together. Looking good, Herr!

Ruby Lounges with Me in the Hall
Ruby Waiting
We all watched Herr from the hall. My turn was coming up.

The Library
The Library
Herr built the fourth bookshelf in the hall while I shelved the books. Some sections still need work, but at least they are off the floor!

The Library
The Library
The chairs are in, the carpet is down, now we just need the paintings on the wall! Oh, we are still missing the last bookshelf piece, but looks like we can manage for now. 😉

Oh, Sunday morning the dogs were actually playing together!! This is the first we have seen them do this, so we’re very happy. Up until now, Tommy has been less tolerant of Ruby by growling or stealing attention. They both try to steal attention now, but at least they recognize each other! Yay! 😀 Still having issues with dogs making messes at night, so we’re going to give them longer yard time for the last call of the night. Hopefully I don’t have to clean up poo or pee tomorrow morning. *sigh*

Yay for new furniture though! I’ll take more pictures when we have the living room put together. We have to rearrange and move the temporary furniture out of the way. We have ideas how to arrange it, but we have to try it out now. Time to take the dogs for a walk.

Dog Update Week 1

It has been little over a week since Tommy and Ruby joined the family. In the last few days, their personalities have started to come out, and I have found myself quite stressed. This was probably the worst timing for the dogs to arrive and Herr to be in training.

The first few days I felt relieved. People friendly and mostly dog friendly, Ruby shy, Tommy the ham. They were both okay with kennels, Ruby was okay with the cone (yes, she has a cone on her head and does a good lamp impersonation; her wound from being fixed wasn’t healing correctly), both put up with each other.

They are getting worse though. Tommy chews. He has started to growl at Ruby on occassion (over attention and bones) and I think he is turning on people as well. He pulls more on walks. I have a feeling he is scenting things too… Ruby eats food off the table. She also barks at other dogs (and cats) especially with female dogs. Both are growing quite territorial. They are also trying to get out of the yard now, and each of done so successfully. I am getting very concerned.

Not only that, but I have picked up and smelled more poo than I ever care to see or smell. We have already gone through an entire roll of poo bags, and it has only been one week!! It’s actually starting to make me a bit queazy. Oh, and the dogs have claws… they like to greet, but I have bruises and my clothes show signs of rapid deterioration in shapes of claw marks…

I feel abused! With Herr gone during the days now and the dogs settling in, they are developing bad habits. Just last night I finally got more than five hours of sleep since they arrived. I still feel tired and sore. They are adorable, but these initial weeks are turning out to be as hard as I thought they would be.

Still trying to get pictures in focus. They move a lot. Tommy snores… oh boy does he snore! It’s really funny. Ruby talks. She’ll tell you a whole novel. I’ll try to get some pictures soon, and maybe some video. 😉 Have to convince someone to bring a camera that records video.

I need a vacation from my life!