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It's definitely been a lazy day today. I pretty much spent the morning on the computer trying to catch up with emails and other stuff. I've watched a little TV, (pre-recorded stuff since there never seems to be anything good on regular TV), and snuggled with Taz and Cally for a while. Thursday night there was apparently a water mane break across the street from the building, and they've been working like crazy to get it fixed. Our water supply was interrupted briefly yesterday but so far it's been holding steady since. The down side to this is that I was awakened at 6:50 this morning to the sound of a jackhammer and other loud obnoxious noises. One of the few days I have where I can actually sleep in and I can't. That didn't exactly make me happy.

I listened to an audio file that talks about the features of the new Book Port. I don't have the link in front of me at the moment, but if people want to hear it I'll go search for the link. And, Tuesday night is the night on ACB Radio's Main Menu when we'll hopefully find out more new stuff. I just hope it's released by the time the ACB convention happens because this is going to be my one big purchase of the year. I know, call me a nerd, especially since my current Book Port isn't even a full year old yet, (Next month I will have had it for a full year though), and it's working just fine. But, having extra features is what I'm all about.

I've got hamburger thawing out for tonight's supper. Since I never seem to have time anymore to fix a real meal, I wanted to do something different tonight. I'll be making spaghetti, and then a friend and I found a biscuit mix made by Bisquik at the grocery store the other day. It's for garlic cheese biscuits, and if you've ever had the ones from Red Lobster, you might be extremely interested in these because they're pretty much the same thing. I made a package the other day and I'll be making the last pack tonight. I'm going to have to find more of these things! And, they're so easy to make. Just in case anyone finds them and wants to give it a try, all you have to do is preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix the contents of the package with 1/2 cup of water and stir until it forms a dough. Grease a pan and divide the dough into 6 or 8 pieces and bake for 10-13 minutes. It honestly can't get much simpler than that. SMILE! [livejournal.com profile] kl1964, I know you're always up for new food ideas.

One other thing I wanted to mention. If you're a member of the Blind People Community you've all ready seen this, but if you're not this might be new. Apparently there's an organization that's trying to produce braille and large print labels for different products, and they want to offer the labels free of charge. If you want to read more, fill out their survey, or request a pack of free labels, go to the Labels for Literacy site and see what they have to offer. I thought it was pretty neat.

Well, I think that's about it for now. I need to go check on the meat and see how it's doing and then see if I can figure out what I want to read from my CF card in my Book Port. Later everyone!

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Jan. 30th, 2007 11:22 am
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I need to kill a little time. The person I was supposed to see has been moved to next week because my driver canceled, so I thought that instead I'd work on the web site. I'm having problems with that though because I'm getting into some areas where I really don't have a clue, and I need to do some research. I'm freezing, but don't want to turn up the heat because then it'll be too warm. This place is really difficult to heat. It's only 15 degrees outside, and if you add the wind-chill it's minus 1. So, [livejournal.com profile] johnmill79, you want to move to Wisconsin? SMILE! I know I'm kind of pathetic, but I'm sitting here wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket. I need to figure out what I'm going to eat for lunch, but that would involve getting up, and at the moment that seems like too much effort. The cats had me in a really odd position last night, and I woke up with a head ache this morning. I took something for it, and it's working, but it's still at the point where if I get up, or move too fast, I get this blast of pain, so I'm trying to put off moving for as long as possible.

I'm still working on my life story. It's almost fourteen pages now in Word, but I'm getting closer to the end. I never knew I had so much to say. SMILE! Given the size, maybe I'll divide it up over a couple of entries. I think it's going to be a protected entry though because there are just some things that I don't want the entire world knowing. It's been interesting writing about things though.

I've been reading a lot of Nicholas Sparks lately. I read two that were in a series, "True Believer" and "At First Sight". I actually just finished the second one this morning. They were good books, and I'm waiting for more to become available through Overdrive. Speaking of Overdrive, when I was up there last night I accidentally ended up in the section of "always available" books. Looking down the list, I came across an author that [livejournal.com profile] brucetola writes about a lot, P.G. Wodehouse. The book that was listed was Carry On, Jeeves, so I got it. I figure it's time to broaden my horizons a little and see what this guy is all about. So, I'm going to try to start that tonight. I'd love nothing more right now than to curl up in bed with a book and read, but I've got about 5 more hours before I can do that.

Well, I think I'm going to go find food. My email notification went off too, so I've probably got some messages to look at. Later everyone.
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Well, it's Friday again. I absolutely love Fridays because it means that the weekend is almost here. and, with Monday being New Year's, I've got a long weekend again.

The beginning of 2007 brings new and exciting things for me as always. Florida in January for the freedom Scientific Dealer Meeting. That was really neat this year because I got to hear about the new and updated products. I'm really looking forward to any news on the PAC Mate and GPS. That'll be a nice couple of days in Orlando, which will be great. Although, our so-called winter hasn't really been all that cold. We had our snow storm on December 1, but now the snow's all gone and we've been pretty much in the 40s. That's just not right for Wisconsin in December, but I'd be nuts to complain so I won't.

The end of June and the beginning of July is the 2007 ACB convention. I've got our hotel booked for Friday the 29th of June through Friday the 6th of July. Yesterday I learned about a rather interesting transportation service that originated in the UK but has now started in the Midwestern part of the US called the Mega Bus. In order to make it work, we have to go down to Chicago, which is really the wrong direction, and then back up to Minneapolis. I see it though as kind of like flying on frequent flier miles. Many times when using miles, you have to take really strange routes to get to your destination, but the savings are worth it. As an example, according to the web site, I can book my tickets 2 months in advance. Travel between Milwaukee and Chicago is free, and travel from Chicago to Minneapolis is, I believe, $16 per person. Amtrak is $126 per person. Then, I discovered that the Mega Bus option lets us off quite close to the hotels, so that's even better, and we get in two hours before Amtrak, yet another plus. So, that part is pretty much set. Yes, I'm cheap, I admit it. But, several months back on the national ACB email list there was a discussion about conventions on a budget, where people put away a little money each month in preparation for the big event. We don't have any credit card other than our debit card, so we can't just charge the entire trip to a card, so this is our only option. We want this trip, I've all ready gotten the time off from work, and we're going to make this happen. This will be my third convention, and I'm really looking forward to it. Alabama in 2004 and Las Vegas in 2005 were fun, but I'm really expecting this one to be extra great since we should be getting the charter for the new Wisconsin affiliate. This has been a major project that I've been involved with since 2004 when I was elected as alternate delegate for the state, and then delegate in 2005. I want to see this through to the end, and now the end is so close I can taste it!!!!!! It also is extremely nice to have the convention so close to my old stomping grounds. I lived so close to the Minnesota border as a kid that my parents and I would go there for most of our shopping, 99.9 percent of our medical stuff, and I even went to school in Minnesota for my fifth grade year since my local district didn't have an available vision teacher. So, I think it's pretty obvious that I'm looking forward to this event! What I think would be really cool though is to try to set up a time when any LJ users who are there could get together and actually meet in person. It's so cool to read what everyone has to say, and then when people do their voice posts others get to hear the people, but it'd really be interesting to meet in person. I'm a terrible organizer though, so chances are I wouldn't be the one trying to put that together. SMILE!

So, those are my two big 2007 highlights so far. I'm sure there will be others added as time goes on, but for now those are it.

Today I get to go and finish working with one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I've been working with him since September, (not constantly, but on and off), and today we're going to use up both transportation time and training hours. I wish all the people I could work with would be like this guy because he goes and experiments with new things. It's really cool. I've got a couple of others like him too, all vets, and all older. I think it's so cool to see people going from knowing pretty much nothing to being able to write letters, send emails, and surfing the Internet on their own, and knowing that I was responsible for making it happen. It's things like this that make me really love my job.

Well, speaking of that, I really should get going so that I can get something to eat and then call my cab. Later everyone!
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I thought that tonight I'd sit down again for a little while and write a real entry. It's a Friday night, I've started my nice long weekend, I've got a nice cold drink, so why not.I was technically finished working at noon today, and I get Monday and Tuesday off for Christmas. It was extremely nice of them to give me my birthday off, don't you think? SMILE! Okay, so that wasn't exactly planned, but hey, whatever works. So, this afternoon I've been taking it easy and just sort of hanging around watching TV. The other night Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was on, and that's the one HP movie I haven't seen yet. So, I got the great idea of taping it since I was busy the night it was on. Unfortunately, my VCR had other plans. We have three VCRs. One is a pain to program because you have to be able to read the screen and use the arrow keys to get around and there's no fixed starting place. The second one is in my office and has a bad connection, so half the time when I try to record on it I get a bunch of static instead of the intended program, unless I spend a ton of time wiggling the stupid cable connection around before hand. The third one is the best of the three, but apparently needs to be unplugged for about a week because no matter how often I tell it to switch to the cable band it keeps switching to antenna, so it won't pick up anything over channel 13. So, needless to say, I chose the VCR that I thought would work out the best for this little project; the one in my office. I set things up, programmed the VCR, and made sure the TV was positioned against the wall in such a way that the cable was held in the correct position. Things recorded all right, and when I got home from what I was doing, I checked the TV and the reception seemed great. Apparently though, in turning off the stupid TV, (which is too old to actually have a remote), I must have bumped it just enough to knock the cable from its position. So, the first hour of the movie is great. After that though, you can sort of hear the audio, but for the most part it's got a lot of static. I'm really disappointed, especially since this was supposed to be the extended version, with scenes that weren't even shown in the theaters. So, yet again, I don't get to see the movie. I swear there's something keeping me from seeing this thing.That was going to be my evening entertainment, so now I've got to find something else to do. I may set up my laptop and get some movies from Freedom Box, but we'll see what actually happens. I may decide just to read a book or something, but since the speakers I use for my Book Port are a little on the irritating side at the moment, I'm not quite sure what I'll do. Actually, this weekend might just be a good time to check out Overdrive. The Wisconsin Regional Library is participating in the Overdrive service that allows library patrons to download audio books for a week's time and then the files stop working. I discovered that these books play extremely well on the PAC Mate, so I could just plug it in and read all weekend. Hey, sounds like a plan! SMILE!Speaking of the weekend, we don't have anything major planned. Christmas Eve we're going to be going to a dinner put on by a couple of people who provide a dinner to everyone who's staying here for Christmas. They've done it every year since the building opened four years ago, and these people are really fun. On Christmas I'm making pork tenderloin, twice-baked potatoes, corn, corn bread stuffing, garlic rolls, and French Silk pie. No, these things are not all being made from scratch; Stovetop Stuffing is a great invention. SMILE! I haven't quite decided what I want to do on the day of my birthday. I'd like to do something different, but I really don't have any brilliant ideas. We could go out to eat somewhere, but I can't even think of a place where I'd like to go. So we'll see what happens.Right now I've got a couple of potatoes in the oven baking. I'm having a potato craving, so I think I'm going to make some cheesy garlic mashed potatoes. The potatoes I have are huge though, so aren't really good candidates for the microwave which is what I'd normally do. Cally is behind my head and Taz is on Jim's lap. I mentioned kind of in passing the other day that my wireless connection is down. I don't really understand what the problem is. My laptop connects just fine, but we can't connect with our PAC Mates, and nothing's changed in our router configuration. Okay, so I suspect that my brand new, two-month-old Ambicom wireless card is dead since it tends to lock up my machine when I put it in, or tell me that the card is unrecognized, even after reinstalling the drivers, but even Jim's won't connect. So, I dug out my Ethernet card and connected a nice long cable to the router. It's not quite the same as being wireless, but at least I'm not stuck behind my desk. I'm getting really tired of being in there, and I want something different for the weekend. So, hopefully the wireless will just sort of fix itself. I suspect that there's some sort of interference with something in the building, but nobody will ever admit to having any new devices that could cause problems. This happened to someone else not too long ago with some TTY equipment and I don't think anyone ever came forward.Anyway, I think that's about it for now. I just want to wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas, (or if you don't celebrate Christmas, happy holidays in general), and I hope the best for everyone in the upcoming new year. Be safe!
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Well, today should be a really cool day. I'm going to a meeting, but we're going to have some fun too. Every year we have this Christmas party, and get a massive turkey dinner with all the fixings. There's also a fund-raising auction and people bring all sorts of baked goods and other treats to be auctioned off, and the proceeds go to the organization; that is, the soon-to-be new Wisconsin affiliate of the ACB. This year I've made two pans of the brownies that I've written about in previous entries. I found a set of disposable pans with lids in the shape of Christmas trees, and I used those pans. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, when removing the first pan from the oven I accidentally crushed the bottom a little. I hope it won't make people think it's not good. I've got some bows that I'm going to put on top, and there's my contribution.

I did get the Olympus that I wanted for my birthday, (yes it's early, but we've never been able to wait for the actual day anyway), so I'm going to be bringing it with me today to capture some of what promises to be a great day. And, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] johnmill79 who posted an audio link on his journal and inadvertently gave me an idea for a place to actually post my audio, I'm going to be able to share this audio file with all of you too, if you're interested in listening. And now that I've got a digital recorder, I guess I can't put off that promised Podcast much longer either, huh? SMILE!

In other news, since I've been so bad about updating, everyone that I knew who was pregnant this year has given birth. I've gotten to actually see two of the four babies in question, and they're absolutely adorable! I've got pictures, but I won't be posting those to the web since I don't have permission from the parents to be doing that. Let's just say though that one of the babies was two weeks old when I held him and he was the tiniest little thing! At the time he was under 7 pounds, but he's gained since then, and those little hands and feet were just too cute!!!!!! He was born on Thanksgiving and I got a phone call not too long after the birth. I love holding babies, and I must have a way with them because 99 percent of the babies I hold fall asleep on me, and always seem content. I'm always up for baby-sitting jobs too. SMILE!

Well, not too much else is happening. I'm working like crazy, and have only one more week to go before a long weekend. Three days more of work and then another long weekend. You gotta love the holidays!

Well, I think I'm probably going to go for now. We're going to go get on the bus in a little under an hour, and I want to load up my Book Port with some extra audio stuff since we'll have about a two-hour ride ahead of us. Later everyone, and if all goes well you should have some audio sometime tomorrow!
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Well, here it is just a little after 5:00 AM and I've been awake since exactly 4:30. I'm going on three days of this now, and I'm getting really frustrated. The person upstairs from us seems to be doing whatever she can to make my life in the mornings miserable. Okay, so probably not, but it really feels like it. We've tried talking to her, talking to the person in charge of the building, and it only works for a short time before she starts up again. This building is, for the most part, very soundproof, including extra insulation between the floors to help prevent these kinds of things from happening. Unfortunately, when she moves around in the mornings, it sounds like she's either dropping something over and over, or stomping hard as she walks. Since I can track her progress around her apartment, she's definitely doing something. And, I know that she can be quieter, because I've seen times when I'm able to sleep right through her getting up for work. I'd like to think she's not doing this deliberately, but given the repeated times that we've asked her to be quieter I'm really beginning to wonder.Anyway, as long as I'm writing, how about an update on the rest of my life? Friday December first brought more to this part of Wisconsin that just a new month. When I woke up that morning, the National Weather Service was saying that Milwaukee had blizzard conditions, and people weren't supposed to go out unless is was absolutely necessary. By the time it was all over, we had at least 10 inches of snow on the ground, (more in some areas), which was a record for the first day of December. Since then it's been really cold! Wisconsin is weird anyway though. Two days before this snow we had about 60 degrees. Amazing how fast things can turn around.December brings more than just snow though, of course. Christmas is now less than three weeks away, my birthday, our 9th wedding anniversary, and New Year's. It's amazing how we managed to pack all that into one week, but we did. I've been trying to do some shopping online, but it's hard because some things aren't in stock, and then I'm trying to shop around for the best deals, things like that. I want a digital recorder that LS&S sells. I mentioned it several months back on here, but I still want it. I've also been looking at the Resco Audio Recording program for my PAC Mate, and a decent microphone. I've actually got a fairly decent one that I used to use with my PlexTalk, but I need to get an adapter for it so that it will work in the really small jack that the PAC Mate has. I want to be able to record directly onto my compact flash card, and record into MP3 instead of wav. The price is right at about $20 for the program, so I'm hoping that maybe it'll happen. Then I made the mistake of looking at books last night on the Barnes and Noble web site. I've mentioned Jodi Picoult, (spelling I'm sure). I've read several of her books, but noticed that there were also many that I hadn't read. Actually I was kind of surprised at what I hadn't read. So far I've read My sister's Keeper, which I'd recommend for anyone who wants a super good read, The Tenth Circle, Second Glance, Plain Truth, and I'm currently reading Vanishing Acts. This lady is an absolutely incredible author, and I'm really glad that Sas turned me on to her several months back. Vanishing Acts is the last book available from Audible, so now I've got to turn to paperbacks and scanning.Speaking of scanning, last week I got a scanner that I wanted to test for work. We had read some things about it that kind of made us think that it wouldn't work for K1000 or OpenBook, but since we had one in stock I wanted to give it a try so that I could say from personal experience whether it worked or not. This scanner not only worked with both programs, but it worked great! It has several great qualities, namely that it's under $100, and it's really small. For anyone who's interested, it's the Canon LIDE60. I'd heard people say that you couldn't scan and read at the same time with it because the scanner used too many resources and would make speech stutter, but I scanned a 250-page novel last week as a test and was able to read while I was scanning. This is a great little scanner, and as much as I've liked my Epsons over the years, I really think this little Canon is actually faster than my current Epson 2580 that I probably paid three times the price to get about two years ago. I don't know how long I'll have this little thing, but as long as I have it I intend to take advantage of it.Well, I can't think of much else to write about off the top of my head, and I need to go get my laptop and update some programs. I've had my K1000 version 11 disk since right before Thanksgiving, and I installed it on my desktop but not my laptop, and I need to do that since I may need to use it today during an evaluation that I'll be going on today. So, I suppose I'll go for now and try to get some things done before my ride comes. Later everybody!

Just Stuff

Nov. 25th, 2006 10:44 am
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Okay, so it's time for another bunch of general rambling., totally un-work related! SMILE!

First of all, happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] puppybraille! I really need to find a better way of keeping track of these things so that I don't have to find out the hard way. GRIN! Anyway though, glad you had a good birthday.

Then there's my Thanksgiving weekend. Well, it's not actually over yet obviously, but I can still write about it. Okay, so I lied, I have to talk about work for a couple of seconds. Wednesday I was on the road for the day, so didn't get back home in time to catch the bus to get me up here and since my boss lives a little bit south of here, he dropped me off at this house, and I actually got here in time to change clothes and then turn around and go pick Jim up from the Park and Ride where the bus was stopping. It was actually kind of nice that the traffic held up the bus because I was late, which made us all late, but we still got there before Jim so it worked out well. We went to dinner at Mac and Don's Supper Club and had first-class fine dining. I got to try the barbecue sandwich and it was really quite good.

Thanksgiving was spent hanging out, eating, and all the traditional after-dinner things. We had ham, sweet potatoes, corn, and all that good stuff. After eating we sat around watching TV. For some reason though we were all getting really tired. It would have made sense accept that since we didn't have turkey, we were sort of surprised to have that kind of reaction. So it was definitely nice to go to sleep Thursday night.

Yesterday we did more of the same, talking, messing around with computers, that kind of thing. Oh, and speaking of computers, here's a story for everyone to read. The machine that I am using now was running really slow. We're talking slow to the point where it was taking close to 20 minutes for everything to come up, and it was taking even longer for me to get speech to work. I figured that there was just a ton of spyware on the machine, so through lots of trial and error I managed to download and install Ad-Aware. It found about 68 pieces of spyware, but it was still running extremely slow. Keep in mind that this is an XP box, but it's an older machine. For kicks, I thought I'd check the memory. System properties said that there was only 128 megs of RAM. Well, that's just completely wrong for anybody! On the off chance that Windows was reporting things incorrectly, I opened the box and yes, there was only 1 stick of memory. They were actually able to get the computer to a shop last night to get it upgraded, but they claimed that the highest they could take it to was 384 because they didn't have any other chips in stock. Whatever. I talked to the guy that was doing the work, and he was a total jerk. He treated me like I was an idiot, just because I'm female, and therefore I didn't know anything. He was giving me a bunch of wrong information and expecting me to buy it. When the computer came back I checked it to see if the work had actually been done because they were under the impression that this place had all ready put in 512 megs of RAM and that obviously hadn't happened. So now the machine is running quite a bit faster. Still not 100 percent, but it's definitely a lot better than it was, so I decided to play catch-up this morning.

We're going back home tomorrow, and we'll be back to the same old routine come Monday. It's been really nice having a weekend to relax, be away from home, and just hang out with people.

Well, I think I'm going to check this and post it now. Have fun everyone. More later.

News!!!!

Nov. 21st, 2006 08:58 am
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The time has come when I can officially make this announcement. As I may have said before, November 15th was my two-year anniversary at my job. This, of course, meant that I needed to have a review, and it's also the time when things start to change if change is needed. Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, the review didn't actually happen until yesterday. I think it was definitely worth the wait though and I'm really excited. There are some things that will be changing, but it's all good.

The biggest change is that I am now officially considered full-time! The down side to this is that I can't go off during the week and visit a friend for the day, do my shopping, or whatever during work time, but I knew that'd happen and I'm okay with that. So now I'm either at my computer or with a client or traveling every day now, and this is where some of the other cool things come in.

Part of what we do for clients if requested by rehab or by the VA, or any other referring agency is to do a very thorough evaluation where we find out what the persons needs are, let them try different things, and then make recommendations based on these evaluations. I've done some of these on a very scaled down basis if there is one particular item that might work for someone. The goal now though is to have me do all the pre-screening for the evaluations, fill out some forms, and start writing up the final evaluation. This way, the people who actually go on-site to do the evaluations have an idea of what they're going into, and can get more background information sooner. So now the goal is to get a form created that I can use and work with that will be uniform for each person.

Another exciting thing is that I'm going to be working on our web site!!!! I had my personal site up for several years, and since I switched to blogging I have, unfortunately, forgotten quite a lot of HTML. Getting to work more on the site will help get me back up to speed on the code, not to mention give me a chance to use my overactive mind on something more productive than designing color spirals in Excel in my spare time. Don't ask. SMILE!

One of the biggest benefits in being made full-time is that I will finally have insurance. I'll get health coverage and, even though it's a little late, dental coverage. I'm still in the process of picking which of the plans I want to go with, but it's insurance, finally!

Well, it's coming up on 9:00, so I should probably end this here and start doing something productive. There's an idea that I came up with to get information out to people, but I don't want to go into that yet until it's been implemented. Later everyone!
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Yes, it's actually me after, what ... almost two Weeks? I should look back and see when my last written entry was, but I think it was around the third. This is pretty sad if you ask me. I've kind of been waiting on some news, and it hasn't come yet, so I've been putting off writing, but I guess I'll just have to write now and again once i've got my news.

First of all, I am officially done with the dentist until sometime in April!!!!! They put my crown on yesterday morning, and that was that. I had my fillings taken care of last week and it was a total trip! They numbed both sides of my mouth, so my bottom lip, chin and tongue were all completely numb. It was the weirdest feeling, and when I talked i sounded drunk. It was kind of funny. The good thing is though that it's definitely all over, and there's no more pain from bad teeth.

Last Friday night I got snowed on for the first time this season. Sorry guys for that 4-letter S word, but sometimes you just gotta say them. SMILE! It was cold, and I'm a total wimp when it comes to getting wet even if it's just raining, so the whine factor was way up, but I had to go outside in order to get where I was going. At least there is currently no more of that stuff around now, so things could be worse.

This has been a really slow week for me work wise. I've been able to sit back and relax, but that won't last long. I've got a schedule that is filling up fast after Thanksgiving. I'm not traveling as much outside Milwaukee at the moment because my driver that I had for some of my appointments has moved on to other things, and my boss's wife, who drove me to a lot of other things, has to stay in the office a lot more now because our receptionist, (who did a whole lot more than just answer the phones), had her baby a week ago today so she'll be out for the rest of the year. I will get to take some road trips though, (and in fact I have one next week), but I don't think it will be as much overall. i love the travel though, so I definitely miss that. Oh well, I've got just over two months left until Florida, and that'll definitely be a trip. SMILE!

Speaking of upcoming events, I have 1 month and nine days left until my birthday. I know I'm probably nuts to count down, but thirty only comes once, and I want it to be something different. We'll see what happens with that.

Jim and I are going out of town for Thanksgiving this year. It'll be nice to have a change of scenery for a while and spend some time with people we don't get to see often. It most likely won't keep us out of trouble though, but I suppose anything's worth a try. SMILE!

Another private beta cycle for JAWS has come to an end today with the release of version 8.0. It's going to feel kind of weird when i check my work email and see very few messages come through. SMILE!

Well, I can't really think of anything else to write about at the moment so I think I'm going to go for now. Just thought I'd write something to let people know that I'm still around. Later everyone.
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Well, I don't really have anything earth-shattering to write about tonight, but I don't have anything else to do so I figured this would be a good way to pass the time.

I was supposed to go work with a client today, but I woke up feeling kind of queezy, so I called to reschedule. After this week it's been kind of nice to sit and sort of regroup.

I did go out for a little while this morning though. With the 2006 election fast approaching, and my decision to vote in a national and state election for the first time in my life, I wanted to go take a look at the Auto-Mark accessible voting machine, which is what the city of Milwaukee has chosen to use for their machine. I had no problems figuring things out. The buttons were well-defined, labeled in braille, and the instructions and speech were clear. There was a button to turn off the screen, so I was able to go through the entire process alone. I even wrote in both Jim and myself just to see how the write-in process worked. Of course it was completely fake, but it was still a really neat experience, and I'll really be able to do this voting thing independently on November 7th. I've said several times that I don't get into the politics thing, but I think it's time for me to get involved in the voting process at least. And, the talking machines are something that I've wanted for a very long time, so feel that it is extremely important that they get used.

I came back here and ate something, checked a couple of email messages, and went to lay down for a while. I had a headache, but it was kind of a weird one. It wasn't bad, but it was pretty much my whole head which was kind of weird. Usually my headaches are pretty much in one specific area, but it felt like someone was taking my head and squeezing it. It was really strange.
I got up a couple of hours later and started going through emails again. While I was doing that, the phone rang, and it was the intercom ring. I couldn't figure out who'd be coming to visit, but it turned out that it was UPS. Yes, my wireless card is here!!!!!! Needless to say, I was quite happy about that. I tried it out right away, and then tried my old card one last time to make sure that it was truly dead, which it was. So, that card is now gone, replaced by my new one which works perfectly. I decided that it was time to reinstall Active Sync on my computer so that I could sync things on my PAC Mate, and I wanted to be able to use remote desktop again so that I wouldn't have to be chained to my desk, especially since I wasn't feeling well. So I got that set up, and pretty much the rest of the day until now I've been sitting here in my recliner with Cally, reading emails, blogs, and whatever else I feel inclined to read.
I have absolutely nothing planned for the next two days. I'm going to do whatever I feel like, and most likely very little of it will involve the computer. I'll do what I normally do, but I want to take a break from heavy-duty work for a couple of days, and hope really hard that next week goes better than this one did. I'm booked up for the entire week too. Monday I'm on the road, Tuesday I've got a client in the morning and I have to go back to the dentist in the afternoon to have my impression redone. (Don't ask, I can't answer.) Wednesday I'm in the office for most of the day. Thursday I'm on the road again, and Friday I'll be working with the guy I was supposed to work with today. Then, sometime in the next couple of weeks I've got my end-of-the-year review, where I'm hoping to get some good news, (coming soon since we're still working out the details).

Anyway though, that's my life as it stands at this precise moment. I'll write more again once I've got something new, or remotely interesting. Bye for now.
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Okay, so it feels like forever since I've written here. I guess it's because my last post, (despite the date), was actually written on Monday night, apparently the last time I had working wireless. So, let me tell those of you who don't all ready know about my week. It may seem like I'm leaving some things unfinished, but work with me here, and you'll get the whole story.

In my last post I said that my computer was working well after the reformat. Unfortunately I spoke too soon. The sluggishness and things were still happening and it was getting to the point where even my dinosaur laptop was faster. It was driving me nuts! So, after asking for advice from many different people I took the side of my tower apart last night and used compressed air on my fan. It was definitely dusty in there, and I'm glad I did it, but that didn't solve the problem.

I spent all day on Tuesday working on finishing the digital version of the catalog for the company I work for, and it almost didn't happen. I felt like everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong for me. I finished formatting the main document and then saved it under a different name so that I could change the colors. This was no big deal. Then I went through and started working on the welcome screen. I guess that for whatever reason I didn't realize that when you create web pages in Word that include pictures a folder is created with these pictures. Okay, I did realize that, but what I didn't realize is that if you delete that picture folder, the file goes away too. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, accept that instead of just hitting delete on the folder, I hit Shift-Delete, which bypasses the recycle bin. The file that I spent a couple of hours on was completely gone and I had to start over. After saying several very un-ladylike things to both the computer and the room at large, I started working on the file again. Needless to say, I wasn't pleased, but I was bound and determined that I was going to get this done the way I wanted it done, and nothing was going to stop me. I think in some areas I'm kind of a perfectionist, especially when I want something I'm working on to go well. So, I got the file done for the second time, and didn't delete anything extra. Then it was time to create the autorun.inf file that makes the CD start up automatically. Okay, so I'm lazy and don't want to take the time to create this on my own. I had a program in my downloads folder that I thought I'd used in the past to create these files. I installed it and created the file the way I wanted it. I actually ended up with something really cool, kind of an audio-visual experience thing when the disk comes up and I was really excited because it was better than I originally thought it would be. I went to create the files and got the dreaded message. "This program is a demo, and disks you create will only work on the computer used to create them." I created a disk anyway, hoping that maybe the message was wrong. I was so sure that I'd used it before for another disk and had it work. Well, it didn't work. I had a disk that worked beautifully in my computer but came up with a registration screen on Jim's computer. By this time it was about 8:00 PM and I was getting pretty tired, which only added to my overall frustration level. Let's not even mention the fact that my computer was getting on my nerves because of the problems with it, and that most definitely didn't help me any. I looked around and found the disk I'd created before. It turned out that the autorun program I was using wasn't the one I originally used. I found the program I'd used, but for whatever reason I couldn't figure out how to use it. I was really tired, and I knew I'd figured it out before, but I just wasn't getting it this time around. So, I went back to the original program. I went to their web site and looked it up. The program cost $30 so I figured I'd buy it and submit it as a business expense. The purchase process went very well and I got my registration code right away. I downloaded the latest version, uninstalled the old version and installed the new one. registered it, and it looked like things were going to be fine. Wrong again! This new version was completely graphical and wouldn't work. I figured I still had the original executable so I reinstalled it and tried unlocking it with my code. That didn't work. The code I had was for the newer version. So at this point I had spent $30 on a program that was completely useless to me, and I was not very happy at all. The only contact I had for this company was an email address. In an effort to at least say I tried to fix things, I sent them an email. I said that I was blind and used a screen-reading program to use my computer. I explained the problem that I was having and how the older version of the program was much more accessible. I asked if I could get a code for the older version of the program, and if I couldn't get that, if I could somehow get a refund. Not expecting a response I gave up and went to bed, feeling like a complete loser because I didn't have my project done by the deadline. I knew I wasn't going to get in any trouble or anything, but I really wanted this to happen the right way.

Yesterday morning I had to get up at 5:45 for an inservice. I booted up briefly to see if I had anything major for messages, and was surprised to see a message from the company that makes this program. Expecting the worst I opened the message. Not only did the guy apologize for my inconvenience, but he gave me a code for the older version and gave me my money back! I was thrilled! So I was able to create my CD after all. I started with one because I was going to have it looked at before burning more of them. It turned out that there were a couple of minor things that needed to be fixed, so after the inservice my boss came in and was helping me fix these minor things. While she was here, I had the opportunity to show her what a pain this machine was, and got another major scare. Previously I said that I thought my back-up drive was failing, so I bought the external to use for back-up purposes. Well, I hadn't quite gotten around to backing everything up yet. I attempted to access the drive and got the message that the disk wasn't formatted, and it very politely asked me if I wanted Windows to format it for me. NO!!!!!!!!! I thought the entire disk was dead, and although most things were backed up, there were still some things that I didn't have backed up anywhere. I couldn't burn more disks right away because the logo I was using was too big and I needed a smaller picture before I could finish, so I decided to go get Adobe Acrobat Reader because I was going to be including it on the CD. I went up to the Adobe site and found the program. My downloads folder is/was on my back-up drive, and when I hit the save button, surprise surprise, the drive actually opened! I decided right then and there that I was going to get the files that I could off the drive before it stopped working again. I spent the next two hours or so talking and literally pleading with this stupid drive not to conk out on me completely. There were some files that wouldn't copy, and I had several errors, but all the important stuff backed up successfully. What I couldn't get I can replace, or is backed up in another place. So, I got that working, and decided to shut down the machine in preparation for the compressed air treatment. I had no desire to stick my hands into a hot machine, so wanted to let it cool down for a while. I figured that while I was waiting I'd go sit in my recliner with my PAC Mate and give everyone an update on my situation. I put in my wireless card, and once the light was steady I went to Internet Explorer. I continuously got the message that the page could not be displayed. I knew I was typing in the address correctly, so on a whim I borrowed Jim's card, which is the same brand and model as mine. With his card I connected immediately to the site. So, yet another thing that I needed was apparently dead. I'm not even sure how old this card is. I got it from a friend on a trade since my original wireless card wasn't working with this new router we're using from the cable company. I can survive without many things, but with a computer that is apparently dead in the water, and now a dead wireless card, I was really not very happy. So, back I went to good old Buy.com to get yet another thing since I knew they'd have this particular card that I like. The card has shipped all ready, so I will hopefully have that fairly soon. Once I placed this order using Jim's computer so that I wouldn't have to warm mine up again, I went in and did the compressed air treatment. Some things went better, but I went into Add/Remove Programs, which had been taking at least 3 minutes to populate the programs list, and there was still absolutely no change. I figured then that it must be something else.

I had the new logo picture by this time so I finished the disks, recreated and updated my autorun.inf file, and burned the disks. This went well, fortunately, and by the time 10:00 rolled around I was done and ready for today's conference.

I woke up in the middle of the night, most likely because of Taz, but I'm not quite sure. For whatever reason, in my not-really-awake frame of mind I started thinking about my computer yet again. That's when it hit me. Many people have multiple drives on their computers, and install programs on more than just their main hard drive. I wondered if maybe Add/Remove Programs was trying to search my back-up drive for programs, and if disabling that drive completely would have any effect at all. I didn't get up and try it right then and there, although I was tempted, but I did get up at 5:30 this morning, (again because of the conference) and give it a try. It disappeared from My computer immediately after choosing the disable in this profile option, which is what I hoped would happen. I went into Add/Remove Programs, and the list came up immediately. I did some other experiments, and everything seemed to be working well again. Things are much faster now, and everything is working as expected. I know I said that before, but this time I think it's true. So, at this point, 99 percent of my technology problems appear to be solved. Once I get my new wireless card, I'll be even happier.

The good news though is that my catalog disk was a big hit. Everybody that saw it was impressed with what I'd done, and an employee of Freedom Scientific wanted a copy to show to the FS marketing department so that they could see what I'd done. I'm really glad I didn't settle for a different way of doing the disk, especially since it's apparently turned out so well.

Well, tomorrow is another work day, and I'm going to be out for the majority of the day again. I'm really glad that tomorrow is Friday because I just don't think I could take much more of this week. It's almost over though, and things definitely seem to be looking up. I'm going to proof this and get to bed. I'm definitely tired!
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Well, I decided that today I'd try the PAC Mate thing for posting. So, the stuff behind the cut is getting posted for your reading pleasure, (or not), as you see fit. I'm doing quite a bit of random writing while I deal with the frustration of transit vans and other such things. So, feel free to read my randomness. ) I did end up with a head ache by the time it was all said and done. There was wireless access in the building, but it was a secure network and of course I didn't have the key to access it. When I came home I tried working on the catalog for a while, but my head was really starting to bother me, and the monitor was so bright that I had to do something different. Finally though, I got a phone call, and that finished my day. I may have some really exciting news about my job, but I don't want to say anything just yet until I know for sure what's going to happen. Just keep your fingers crossed for me!My computer reformat actually went really well yesterday. Things went a lot faster than I expected, and I really only ran into one minor problem. I didn't have a clue where my 20-digit authorization code was for JAWS, so I couldn't use the ILM authorization. I have a dongle for traveling though, so I used that to authorize until today when I called FS and got things straightened out. Are things completely back up and running? Nowhere near it, but I have a computer, and it's working very nicely at this precise moment. SMILE!Well, I think I'm rambled on long enough. I'm going to post this and then see if I can convince Cally to let me get up so that I can get some food. Otherwise I'm going to have to ask Jim to help me out. Later everyone.
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Well, it's 5:00 PM and my weekend has officially started! I'm not at home all ready, so I'm posting wirelesly from my PAC Mate again. I figured that I'd just write something since I can. I'm going to be going to a birthday party tonight. A friend of mine has a sister who is turning 39. Earlier this year she went into the hospital because of some problems. A couple of weeks later she had 5 strokes, and they determined that she had vasculitis. She pretty much lost everything; speech, the ability to walk, everything. In the last 6 months or so she has regained very little. She is able to eat soft foods, and she can sort of push herself around in her wheel chair, and I'm not sure exactly what else. So, nonight we're going to be going to the nursing home that she's been staying in and we're going to have a party. So I'm just waiting to go for that.

Tomorrow I'll be seeing a lot of people at a meeting. We will be doing the final vote for the ACB affiliation for the state of Wisconsin. I don't think there will be any problems, but I'll just be happy when it actually becomes a done deal. Then next summer at the 2007 convention in Minneapolis, we'll be able to get our new charter. And, I'm really hoping that Jim will make it on the board. I'm on the nominating committee, and he's hoping to be on the board, so we'll see what happens.

One of my people did a really neat thing in his journal the other day where he said something about the people on his friends list. I think that was a really cool thing, and I may have to try it myself. We'll see though, depending on my wireless connections over the next couple of days.

Well, we've got to get going, so I need to post this. I don't have time to proofread, so hopefully I haven't made too many mistakes. Oh, and one other little thing. My stitch fell out this morning and things are definitely feeling much better. Later everyone!

My Day

Oct. 17th, 2006 08:43 pm
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Well, I decided to update tonight, pretty much because I can. I'm sitting here in my hotel room, and for the first time in my entire life I'm in a suite. Instead of getting two separate rooms, my boss got a suite, so this should be really cool. It's kind of neat just because it's so much bigger than a regular hotel room. I know it's probably really dumb, but it's new for me so that makes it all good. SMILE!

I was really prowd of myself today! I got through almost the entire day without taking a pain pill, but I finally needed to take one around 4:00 this afternoon. Things are definitely feeling better. My stitch should be falling out shortly and then I'll be able to eat more normal things. I got to go to Noodles for supper tonight, and that's a really nice treat for me. I've only been there one other time, and I absolutely love it! I got this stroganoff thing with chicken and broccoli, and of course mushrooms! Then I had to have one of their really awesome cookies! Those are so good!

Tomorrow I'll be at a conference most of the day, and then I'll be going to an open house for an organization that we have recently started working with. They moved to a new facility not too long ago, so now they're having an open house to show it to people, (or at least I think that's the deal). SMILE! Thursday I'm on the road again to work with someone. Should be a fairly routine visit though so we'll see how it goes.

Well, I'm going to get out of here for now. I think I'm going to sit back and relax with a book for a while before going to bed. I did remember my melatonin this time though, so that's a good thing. Oh, and I have my pillow too. Yes, I have a special pillow that I like to use. It's one of those memory foam pillows, and after almost two years it still hasn't lost its umph. Since getting that pillow, I've had less headaches, and that makes it totally worth the higher price. Anyway, later everyone.
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Yes, that's "stupid-sticious", and it was on purpose. SMILE! It's going to be one of those days and I can tell all ready. I woke up at 4:15 this morning and have been awake ever since. This is most definitely not a good thing. I guess this does prove that the Melatonin really does work for me. Usually when I wake up I can get right back to sleep if I've taken one of those pills. Oh well, I can sleep later today if I absolutely need to, otherwise tomorrow I'm going to be a total zombie.

So anyway, what's new in my life? How about we talk about the weather and get that out of the way. Here we are in the middle of October, and we just had our first freeze the night before last. It was only 30 degrees when I got up at about 7:00, and it didn't get much warmer all day. Right now it's 36 degrees with winds gusting as high as 30 miles per hour. To top all this off, they're talking about that absolutely terrible 4-letter S word... You know the word. It's that wet white stuff that tends to come around from time to time, masking landmarks, and deadening sounds; making travel quite interesting. Yeah, that stuff. So now my office is going to start to be cold again. Those of you who have been reading my stuff for a while will probably remember that last year I needed to put a space heater in here to keep warm. Well, this year I want a new one. The one we have is probably as old as I am, sounds like death warmed over, and scares me every time it goes on because I think it's going to start a fire. No, we didn't buy it. It was given to us 4 years ago when we moved in here because the heat wasn't working right away and it got cold early again. I'm thinking that it's time to give it back and buy something, um, a little bit more up to code. Let's not mention the fact that Cally is terrified of this thing, and she doesn't scare easily. Maybe she's afraid it'll burn her fur. I'd be afraid too if I were her. You should hear this thing!

The other big news in my life ... Yes, sometimes it's the little things. I cleaned off the spare bed the other day in preparation for any guests that we might get over the next few months. It's actually kind of nice because I can lay down in the middle of the day again if I want to. You can still hardly walk in here, but that's due more to the cramped space than anything else. The room itself is about 99 percent presentable at this point. SMILE!

Okay, my week. It looks like I haven't written since Monday. I keep meaning to, but then when I sit down to write I forget what I was going to say. Maybe I need to start writing when I think about it on my PAC Mate, and then I can transfer my stuff onto the computer or post wirelessly or ... Well anyway, you get the picture I'm sure. So anyway, my week. Things have settled down a little work-wise, but I think things are going to be picking up again soon. It really doesn't help much that I'm still going to the dentist at least once a week, but I'll get into that in a minute. So Tuesday I was attempting to do some research for someone, and learning how to use FSTTY, Freedom Scientific's TTY software for the deaf-blind. It's hard because I feel guilty for using the relay service because I could be taking time with an operator that could be better used by someone who truly does need the service. So, I was trying numbers that I knew would be out of service to see if I could find out what those TTY tones actually say when you hear them on recordings. I still never found out by the way.

Wednesday I was back at the dentist, this time for a cleaning. I asked them if they offered frequent visitor discounts. Unfortunately they don't, but I guess it was worth a try. I really like the people at this office. It's small, and the staff really take the time to get to know you. The dentist talks to me while she's working, and it's about every-day stuff. The coolest thing though, (and I think most of you will completely understand this), is that they never once freaked out about the blind thing. So many people in the medical profession, (okay, let's be honest, so many people), tend to get really worried about how to talk to me, how to act around me, so on and so forth, and it was never a problem for me at this place. I don't normally tell people in advance that I'm blind, but in this case I did since they originally took me on an emergency basis and I knew there'd be paperwork to fill out. The lady never flinched, and asked me if I'd need help getting in to the building, and it wasn't a condescending "she's blind, therefore she's helpless" attitude. They love my PAC Mate, and every time I pull it out to schedule my next appointment or to play a game while waiting they just find it fascinating. So anyway, this time was no big deal. I went in for a cleaning, which I was apparently way overdue for. I guess 8 or more years between cleanings is too long. Man, someone should have told me that a long time ago! GRIN! Actually though, I didn't do too bad. They only found two cavities. The bad part is that A, they have to be filled, and B, they're the very back teeth on each side on the bottom. That's going to kill my jaw!!!!!! I prefer opening and shutting my mouth on my command, not someone else's. Oh well, it shouldn't be too bad. That night I had a visit from Sas, and we ate this crock-pot spaghetti that I decided to try making, and listened to the audio-described version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. That's one weird movie! The audio was on Freedom Box, and they don't include any pictures with the movies, which of course is fine since the pictures really don't mean a whole lot anyway. SMILE!

Yesterday I was at the VA all afternoon doing a Freedom Box demonstration. This program still amazes me, and 99 percent of my posts here are now written from within FB because it's just so easy! I think I had about 7 guys there and a couple of wives and/or adult children. I'm sure that most people read the news story a month or so back about the guy who took a VA computer that had all kinds of sensitive data on it and it got stolen. Well, because of that they are extremely tight now with their security. I couldn't use my laptop on the network so I had to use a computer that I'd never seen in my life. That's the advantage of FB of course, but everything was disabled, so the auto-run feature on my U3 Kingston traveler weren't activated so I had to have help getting the program started. There were several things that didn't work as expected either due to the security issues, but I think many of the people found the program to be quite interesting, (I hope.) Last night I had a conference call for the Scholarship committee of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired My friend Snowflake is the chair of that committee, and after it was over she called me. While we were talking, I heard [livejournal.com profile] voyagerjc from the other room informing me that it was doing that afore-mentioned S word. I couldn't believe it! I yelled at him to shut up, and I'm sure that Snowflake thought I was telling her to shut up. Nope.

So now this brings me to today, Friday the 13th of October, the month of Halloween and otherwise creepy and strange things. I think many Milwaukeeans like Halloween, or the night before because it gives them an excuse to cause trouble. Not that they seem to need much cause these days. See [livejournal.com profile] voyagerjc's latest post for details. Anyway though, I'm rambling again. Today is the day of my oral surgery to remove both the last of the extracted tooth and the bone fragment that apparently got stuck at some point. It still rubs my gums some, but it has gotten better. It'll be nice though to completely get rid of it though and get back to what passes for normal. The one thing I really want is a nice bag of Doritos, and once the permanent crown goes on in a couple of weeks, and once the cavities are filled in, I'm going to get me one! My appointment is at 3:00 PM this afternoon, but I have to get there early to fill out paperwork. This was another place that seemed really willing to work with me. they asked me if I wanted the paperwork mailed to me in advance. I thought about it, but the place where we go to have mail read and things isn't exactly sound-proof, and I didn't want others in this apartment building hearing any of my information so I chose to do the paperwork there, and asked if that would be a problem. They said it was fine, so that's what I'm going to do. Now, the ideal thing would be to have the paperwork online as an accessible form and then I could fill it out that way, submit it, and be done. Hey, that's not a bad idea. Maybe it'd be something worth considering for the future, especially since everyone seems to want to get rid of actual paper documents. I think it'd be a great alternative! SMILE!

Anyway, I'm rambling again. Chalk it up to the extremely early morning and the fact that my fingers are getting cold and so are doing their own thing. Things should take about an hour or so, and we'll see what happens next. I think I mentioned that I'm supposed to work a conference tomorrow, but we'll see if that actually happens or not. My goal is to do it, so we'll see.

Well, I suppose I should probably get out of here for now. I've been writing this entry for close to an hour now, and I figure I should try to get some food, take a shower, and all that good stuff. Maybe I'll write more from bed or my recliner later this evening. Later everyone, and welcome to the weekend, almost!
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Well, here I am again. I wanted to write something here before I get too loopy and can't formulate sentences. Things with my teeth are continuing to be interesting.

Over the weekend the pain continued to get worse instead of better. I thought it was the temporary crown they put on and I was thinking that I'd just wait until my appointment on Wednesday. This morning though while I was trying to be somewhat productive, things just really started hurting bad and I couldn't concentrate. It's been hard to sleep too because things were hurting so bad. So, I finally decided to call the dentist. She said that she wanted me to come in. I was lucky enough to get a ride up there since I never would have gotten there in time if I'd called a cab. I had a couple more X-Rays taken, (at no charge this time), and then she told me that she suspected that due to the trauma that the tooth had been through that the nerve was dying. She removed the temporary crown and replaced it with some weird thing that apparently has medication in it that is supposed to help with the pain. In addition to that, she also wrote me out a prescription for Darvon, which is one of the few pain meds I can actually tolerate given my extensive list of medication allergies that I have. Jim's on his way to the drug store now to fill the prescription. On Wednesday I will most likely be having a root canal done in addition to the crown that they were going to do. Yeehaa!

On October 13, I'll be going to an oral surgeon. When they pulled my tooth last week there was a very small piece they couldn't get. Because I'm going to get the implant, they want to make sure that the entire tooth is removed, and my dentist says that she couldn't do it without removing quite a bit of the bone and she doesn't want to do that. So, I'll have the surgeon do it and I guess he'll be able to preserve more of the bone so that the implant will work out better.

Well, I think I'm going to go for now and relax for a bit before finding something to eat. Just thought I'd write an update to let everyone know how things are progressing.
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Here it is, 1:30 in the morning as I start to write this, and here I am still awake. I'm not at home, and I forgot to pack some Melatonin, so I've got a double strike against me. I'm in an unfamiliar bed that is most definitely different from mine and I don't have my wedge pillow that I have at home, so laying flat means I can't breathe right. Normally in this situation I just stack up several pillows so that I'm propped up in a semi-sitting position, but for whatever reason it's not working tonight. I'm going to be really super tired in the morning, and I can tell all ready. And, I'm still feeling the tooth extraction and I didn't take anything for it earlier because it wasn't hurting and I thought I'd take it a little later and then forgot. Now it is, and I don't have a clue where any cups are so I can't take anything for that. For some reason, the whole left side of my face is hurning, and I don't think that's normal, but it's really hard to actually pinpoint where the center of the pain is so I'm not sure if it's from the extraction site or from the broken tooth in front of it. Somehow I think it's the tooth in front because there's some swelling in the gum area. I've been trying really hard to watch what I eat, but no matter what I do I've managed to either get something in the hole or else start biting down on the other tooth.

I had planned to be out of town today, not for any special reason, but because I'd made plans quite a while ago. Then I realized that I had a thing to do for work, and I wasn't able to leave as early as I had originally thought I would. I did that and then got picked up later in the day. I had a great meal though. I had Chicken Wellington with extra mushrooms and a twice-baked potato. It was extremely soft and good, and it really filled me up. Once we finished eating, we went to Giggles Comedy Club. They had three guys perform, and I guess one or two of them actually have a show on the Comedy Channel or something. So overall I've had a good evening, but my night isn't turning out so well. At home I'd be able to take some pills, grab an ice pack, whatever. Here though, I'm pretty much stuck. Oh wait! I had a glass of water earlier that I used for a warm salt water rince. If it's where I left it I might just be able to get it again and get some water out of the bathroom. I'll have to check that out and see if it's still there.

Well, I think I'm going to go post this and then read my friends page. I haven't done that today, (or should I say yesterday), so I've got a days worth of entries to read. Later.
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No, I'm not talking about Paul Harvey, I'm talking about the entry that I didn't post last night. It's probably just as well that I didn't though because now there's more to it. So, let's get started.

Yesterday I did a computer delivery. Things didn't go all that well; (maybe I'll write more on that in a protected entry), but I was really frustrated by the time I got home. I had less than an hour to find something to eat before leaving again to teach my class. I grabbed a chicken pot pie, (fortunately microwaveable), and set the timer. I was doing some stuff at my desk waiting for it to finish.

While eating this very soft food, I started to notice some gritty stuff. I figured that it was maybe just a bad piece of chicken or something so I ignored it. A couple of bites later though, I felt more grit. I personally don't like grit in my food, so I started trying to figure out what it was. Turns out that it was part of a 20-year-old filling that decided to start breaking down. I lost a little of it a couple of years ago, but I really didn't think much of it and so never got it taken care of. This one though was different. I went and did my class but the sharp edge of the tooth was cutting into my lip, and I was bleeding a little. Since it was the last class we were reviewing things, and we let out a little early. I had asked Jim to start looking into places where I could go to get the tooth looked at, so when I got home he told me that he hadn't really had all that much luck.

I ended up calling 1-800-Dentist and they gave me the name and number of a dentist in my area who had Friday hours. I was told that they'd call me this morning and hopefully get me in today. So, this morning, at a little after 8:00 the phone rang, and it was the dentist's office receptionist.

I went in at 10:00 AM this morning. Prior to leaving though, I was sitting at my computer writing an email. We had some rain, but it wasn't bad. Right in the middle of the email message though, everything went dead, and I heard a really big bang outside the window. We've had power outages here before, but they normally last only a couple of seconds, When, after about a minute or two, the power hadn't returned, I called the electric company. I think it was out for a total of about 3 hours, which knocked out the computers, the Cable, and my business phone, all because of a blown transformer. So, I guess I picked a good time to go to the dentist because I couldn't have gotten any work done anyway. SMILE!

Anyway, the dentist. I'm not big on them when my teeth aren't bothering me, but when I'm having a problem it's even worse. Last night Jim picked up ice cream for me because we figured that it would be good since it was so soft. Unfortunately, it was so cold that it actually really hurt my tooth so that didn't work. I made myself some mashed potatoes and those ended up tasting really good.

So anyway, I was really impressed with this place from the beginning. As much as I hate having to have someone fill out my paperwork for me, the lady that helpped me was wonderful. she didn't get flustered or anything, and she tried to do it in a way that would protect my privacy. I also was given two financing options that I could apply for. Considering that I have no dental insurance, I was very happy to know of other options. So they started with an X-Ray of the tooth, and several minutes later I was taken back to see the dentist. She told me that from looking at the picture I might have two options. One was to rebuild the tooth and the other was to pull it. She said she wouldn't know anything for sure until she got into my mouth to look. She took a look and said that I had two strikes against me. First, believe it or not, this tooth was my one remaining baby tooth. There was nothing under it to push it out so I never actually lost it. Second, the filling was pretty deep and she felt that it would be better to just pull it and be done even though they don't like to extract unless it's absolutely necessary.

This left me with three options for treatment after the extraction. First, I could do nothing, and leave the hole in my mouth forever. To me this is not an option to even consider because I don't have a lot of teeth on that side of my mouth to begin with since I never grew all of them. Second, I could have them put in a bridge. This involves breaking down the teeth on either side of the hole in order to attach a tooth in it's place and have it attached on either side, and she said that those teeth were good and she really didn't want to break down two good teeth. So, my third option, and the one I'm most seriously considering, is an implant. By the time the bridge would be done it would only cost me $500 more for the implant, and the implant is permanent. It would involve surgery, but it's an in-office procedure so it's not like I'd have to go to the hospital or anything.

So, they started the tooth extraction. She numbed me about 4 times with a needle. The interesting thing about that is that to me, a needle in my mouth is nowhere near as uncomfortable as a needle in other places. Don't ask me why. Yes, it was a bit uncomfortable, but it could have been worse. I started sounding to myself like I'd had too much to drink, but it was kind of funny.

So, she started working on the tooth. Because this was a baby tooth, she had some problems grabbing it because she didn't have a lot of smaller tools. Add to this the fact that, despite possible evidence that says differently, I really do have a small mouth. She eventually did get it, but it came with an additional prize. The tooth in front of it broke. There was still a small part of the root left, and they did another X-Ray to see if it would be a problem or not. Apparently it's not, but she said that if it became a problem they'd fix it. Once the tooth was out she had to concentrate on the new problem. The tooth is fine otherwise, so the put a temporary cap on it. I have to go back next Wednesday morning so that the tooth can be rebuilt in preparation for a crown. I'm so excited! SMILE!

By the time I got home, the power had been restored and the numbness was beginning to wear off just a bit. As it continued to wear off my jaw started to get a bit stiff. I figured that it would be a good idea to relax for the rest of the day, which is what I'm doing now. I've been pretty much avoiding the phone because I like to have the phone on my left side, and it's a little uncomfortable at the moment. I'm taking pills for the pain. To be honest though, at this precise second I'm not really hurting all that bad. I'm a little uncomfortable, but it's nowhere as bad as it could be.

So, that's the end of my interesting week. Fun, huh? I'm eating soft foods, and chewing as much as possible on the other side of my mouth, but I'm hoping that it won't be too long before things get back to normal.

Well, I'm going to go for now and relax for a while before trying to find something else to eat. Later, everyone.
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Hey guys! Well, it's Tuesday evening, and for whatever reason, I'm in a really awesome mood! I've had two fairly busy days, and the rest of the week, (minus Friday), are going to be packed as well, but I'm really not stressing out about it. Maybe it's because I'm still sleeping tons better, so I'm not so tired at the end of the work day, and maybe it's just because. But, who cares! SMILE!

I was extremely glad to see [livejournal.com profile] johnmill79 posting again after his vacation. Yes, I did miss your entries on my friends page over the last several days. [livejournal.com profile] coke_drinker, good to know you found your cell phone. I'm glad you'll remember all of us who didn't help you look, but it's that x-ray vision. See, mine got all messed up the other day so i couldn't see past the Canadian border. GRIN!

Okay, so I'm really starting to ramble and not really make any sense. I also seem to be having trouble typing.

[livejournal.com profile] voyagerjc's computer is still down. He put a call in to our computer guy yesterday and we still haven't heard anything back from him. I think it's time to place another call tomorrow afternoon. He's currently got my laptop, but he is getting really irritated with this newspaper site and the fact that my laptop is the slowest machine on the planet really doesn't help matters much.

Okay, whichever cat decided to use the litter box at this precise moment is not going to get any tuna for a week! The bathroom is right across the hall from where I am now, and I really didn't need that, um, olfactory unpleasantry. SMILE! Okay, so they don't get tuna normally anyway, but it was just sort of something to write.

Well, I guess that's about it for now. Oh, if anyone's curious to hear an interview with Jonathan Mosen concerning his move from HumanWare to Freedom Scientific, tune into ACB Radio's Main Menu program tonight at 8:00 PM Central to hear all about it. I for one don't plan to miss it. Later guys!
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I'm trying to kill some time so thought I'd post another entry this morning. Unfortunately, I've got speech turned off and my braille isn't really tracking right, so I've got to just sort of wing it. Hmm. Maybe I'll check my braille settings first? Nope, they're right. And, now it's tracking again. I see, it's because I'm typing too fast. Oh well, it's working so who am I to complain?

So anyway, it's finally Friday. I am soooooooo glad of that for several reasons. The biggest reason is that I'm just plain tired! A couple of weeks back, [Bad username or site: :coke_drinker @ livejournal.com] wrote about taking Melatonin in order to get his sleeping schedule back to normal. Well, I think I'm going to be trying that tonight. For no apparent reason, I'm not sleeping well, which then makes it really difficult to work when I'm tired. Pretty soon I'm going to start giving people3 incorrect commands and that's going to mess up not only me but them too. GRRR! So I'm going to get some of that today and see how it works. I'm kind of interested because I've heard that you can have some really weird dreams when you take Melatonin. Maybe I'll be able to write some entries about the dreams if they're not too weird. SMILE!

So I was going to write about that, and now that I'm done I don't know what else to write about. I'm planning on having a boring weekend, although I do need to work on the rest of my hand-outs for my current class. I did manage to get some things embossed yesterday though, sol that's a good thing. I guess then I'll go and do something productive. Maybe I'll make a couple of phone calls or something. I'll write more later if I have anything interesting to say. Oh, and any mistakes in this entry are intentional. Okay, so they're not, but I can't proofread right now since I'm not at home and can't use speech. Byue for now!

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