Posts Tagged ‘laptop woes’


Sunday, 22 May 2011

Something’s going wrong with the actual post, so will this publish?

ETA: It did, but now I need to sleep. Goodnight.

Back online, maybe

Monday, 11 January 2010

The phone’s been on the blink for the past two weeks (again), so sorry. I’ll aim to start trying again tomorrow…

Aggravating slowness

Monday, 9 November 2009

My laptop is being wretchedly slow, I’m dithering about what decorations to put on my husband’s tallit bag, we have wedding thank-yous to write, and those and belated birthday gifts to post, I’m nowhere near finishing any of the books I’m reading, and I’m generally wishing certain things would hurry themselves up.

I think this isn’t the best attitude to be blogging in.

We did find a shop selling yarn last night (acrylic and cotton only, which is par for the course here, so far as I’ve seen), so got a bit, until it became really clear the man was waiting to close for the night, which is why I began the tallit bag today. I’m doing it in tapestry crochet, and I have my DH’s name charted (in Hebrew for one side, and English for the other), but wanted something small in at least one corner on each side, but haven’t found what we like yet. Any ideas?

I’ll get back to the books tomorrow, בע”ה.


Thursday, 27 November 2008

Now you see what happens when I get annoyed with myself for not doing stuff: I retreat and do even less! And then I feel worse.

I haven’t sorted out the camera issues, and my laptop’s power supply is out of action (and before anyone suggests getting a new one, it’s completely non-standard and basically hasn’t been made since I got the computer (brand new!)). I’m broke, haven’t been creative or studious or literary or active enough to prevent frustration and keep me happy, and I have to stop letting people (with me high on the list) down.

Should I tell you what I remember about the books? Perhaps achieving something will make me feel better. (I may have to stop suddenly, when the owner of the computer I’m on gets home.)

292. Why Eating Bogeys is Good For You by Mitchell Symons

Silly facts for those who enjoy being slightly disgusted. Where I had background knowledge, that presented seemed accurate.

293. A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder

This was quite good, really, and made me think of The Prisoner of Zenda and Graustark (especially since I’d just heard them shortly before), with the imaginary Eastern European country in political turmoil. I’m looking forward to finding the rest of the series sometime. Unfortunately, the more one learns of events around the world, the more one realises how much danger political and other upheaval can put children in. (Shades of The Garbage King here, although the genre is quite different. Grk is a great little dog!

294. Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay

The first in another well-established series it might be worth my while to continue with, although this leans more towards Scarlett in genre terms than Grk. Saffy grows up in an overly self-consciously eccentric artsy family, quite happy until she discovers her name isn’t on the paint chart with Cadmium, Indigo and Rose, then distancing herself once she learns the reason why. Her (rather self-imposed) isolation leads to her finally catching the eye of the girl down the road, who everyone’s been so careful not to stare at that they didn’t realise she wanted to make friends! Somewhat surprisingly (to me) this book ends up spanning several years, with some rather skimmed over for the sake of a realism that might not have been necessary.

295. A Rose Among Thorns by Rochel Schmidt

There’s a lot of good historical research behind this book, but there’s also a lot of reminding yourself that war stories, whether fact or fiction, tend to be the stories of survivors, because that’s how a story ends up being told. It’s gripping.

There are four more already (nearly at the 300 I set as my official goal for this year, if now unlikely to make the 366 I was hoping for), but I have to get off the computer. I’ll tidy up the links etc tomorrow.

Frills in the garden

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Green jute gardening bag with string frill

Who says a gardening bag (which might get a waist strap, so it gets worn as an apron) that should be strong enough (the green is jute) to double as a kneeler, can’t have frills and furbelows?

Inside of bag

I think it’s fun, anyhow.

My computer is getting less and less happy, but I’ll keep plugging away with it.

I also made a Spiral Scrubbie last night, and was working on a second on the bus this morning. Pictures to follow.


Sunday, 11 May 2008

The computer’s been playing up, still, and I’ve had hundreds of things on (some good ones, but they still throw my priority list out of the window) and basically I must just apologise, both for the horrendous delay in writing, and for how harsh I might have been in a previous post.

I’m mostly keeping up with the Braille lessons, and I had a great walk on Monday, during which I took lots of photos I’ve been trying to get up for you, but that’ll have to wait, but I’ve finished just three (I thought it was four, but have only noted down three) books, done hardly any crocheting, and no laundry. (No, thinking about it, there was one load; that’s okay then.) I did buy a little more yarn, but there’ll be more on that when I can put up more pictures and/or when I use it. I’m sorry there’s so little to say on the crochet, but even had I been doing more, the two blankets I’m working on aren’t really going to be very interesting again until I finish them, I think…

114. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

This book is very well written and put together, and I can see why many have it as a lifetime favourite. Cassandra, the narrator, tells both the bad and the good of the dramatic changes in her family and its circumstances over several months, and while she doesn’t consciously foretell disaster, her “conscious naivete” does foreshadow problems, for the reader.

There are many levels of tension Cassandra is or becomes aware of (for example of class, finances, religious belief, love and attraction), but she obviously doesn’t know about the coming war. The book is set in the 1930s, but was first published in 1948/9, so the reader would always have known that Thomas and Steven are most likely destined for the army, and in fact, it might end up being a time of opportunity for Cassandra herself.

115. Everyday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800 with instructions and patterns by Merideth Wright. Illustrated by Nancy Rexford

This will be of especial interest to those of you who are Diana Gabaldon fans, as it covers the period specifically that her books are getting to, and helps my imagination better see what the characters are likely to be wearing. This book is based on research done in and about Vermont, rather than North Carolina, but the basics will be very similar. The descriptions are clear and informative, as are the illustrations, and each chapter includes a basic pattern and discussion of materials especially for those hoping to recreate the clothing.

116. Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin

Lots of fun both to read and look through, and, I am sure, to follow and be inspired for. Plenty of information on recycling there too.

Pesach is Coming!

Sunday, 13 April 2008

I haven’t done any crocheting since Friday, I’m afraid, as last night and this morning I’ve been Pesach cleaning instead. I cleaned my laptop today, by which I mean I drew a diagram of where the keys all go (this stage is very important!), took them off, washed and dried them, then cleaned (ie brushed and vacuumed – don’t use liquid on a laptop!) underneath. Once all that was done and the keys were properly dry I put them back. I recommend opening a blank notepad file for this, both because it allows one to confirm the key is right before putting it back, and also because in any other program (or none) hitting keys at random can potentially do damage.

Some of the keys are now a little stiff (especially the space and shift buttons) although I don’t really get why, seeing as there should be far fewer – if any – crumbs or bits of dust underneath. Hopefully that will loosen up shortly.

101. Don’t Yell Challah in a Crowded Matzah Bakery! The Book of Kosher L’Pesach Humor & Stress Relief by Mordechai Schmutter

This is a humorous recounting of the fun, trials and tribulations of preparing for and experiencing Pesach, which actually has more proper information (as opposed to just comedy, which is there in spades) than I had expected. It’s in a similar style to the author’s weekly column in Hamodia, and shows that he can hold together a much longer piece. And, in fact, the book is well integrated, rather than being unconnected essays.

Besides the cleaning, I have at least three crochet projects to finish by Friday: frog, dog and shawl. Wish me luck!

A request

Sunday, 6 January 2008

My brother considers that this blog has become largely a repository for media reviews (it was supposed to have more crochet than that, but for now, fine) so he’s asked me to write about computer games, which I had started to do, but stupidly searched out a link in the wrong tab and lost the whole thing, so will have to do it again another time, as I really do have to work now. Sorry.


Saturday, 5 January 2008

So the power cable arrived, and I opened it straight after Shabbos and plugged it in. It worked fine, and was charging, but then as soon as I turned the computer on again to work with it, the adaptor died, so I suppose I’m going to have to send it back. Which most likely means another week (please not more) of making do on other people’s machines. This is such a pain!

Shabbos was nice, though.

January done?

Thursday, 3 January 2008

I’ve done two more stitch sample cloths, finishing the stitches from January in 365 Crochet Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar. The new power cable for my laptop didn’t arrive today after all, so I’ll have to leave pictures till I get that.

But seeing as I have now got the use of a computer, I’d better get on with my coursework.