Voice Post

Jan. 28th, 2008 02:10 pm
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Voice post translation just can't do this entry justice. Welcome to my world of technology work today. I'm configuring a computer with a speech synthesizer that is supposed to speak the Surbian language. Unfortunately, the installation process and all the documentation is also in Surbian, so I've had an interesting afternoon. Somehow, despite the fact that I wouldn't know Surbian if I heard it, I suspect that what you'll hear on this voice post is most definitely not correct. Enjoy!!!!


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Hi everyone. Want to help me do my job? Great! I thought you would. So,
here's the deal. (Sorry, no monetary compensation will be given for helping me. You will, however, have the satisfaction of knowing that you've helped me with yet another presentation. Won't that feel great?)

On August 29th I'm going to be doing a presentation on DAISY. This is apparently supposed to be
pretty involved, and one of the things I'd like to do is put together a
chart showing the different types of DAISY players, both hardware and
software, features, media types supported, things like that. I have
experience with some of these players but not all, and I'm hoping that those of you who have experience with some of the others could help me fill in the blanks.

The players that I can comfortably discuss are the PlexTalk, the Book Port, and FS-Reader for desktop and PAC Mate. I know there are many other products out there, but I'm really not familiar with them or their features and would really like to talk with people who are familiar with them rather than just using the web sites to get information. I plan to include the Victor Reader Stream as well since that should be officially released by the time I give this presentation.

The feature list that I'm thinking about at the moment is:

1. Media type; CD, Compact Flash, SD card, Etc.

2. Battery life

3. Audio output; external speaker, headphones, etc.

4. File types supported; DAISY 2/3, other audio files, text files, Braille
files, etc.

5. Size/dimensions/weight

I'm sure there are other things to cover, but this is another area where I'd like feedback. What drew you to a particular player? What features were you looking for when choosing your player?

One more catch. I have to somehow be able to relate all of this information into transitioning from high school to college. So, I'm hoping that you guys are up to the challenge and can help me out. I'll really appreciate any feedback you can give me. Thanks!

Morning

Mar. 22nd, 2007 08:31 am
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Hey everyone. Well, last night wasn't too bad. I got to sleep right away even without a book, and actually slept pretty good considering it was an unfamiliar bed. I woke up around 4:30 because of a thunderstorm, and then again at about 6:40. I decided to get up at that point since the alarm clock was due to go off at 7:00 anyway. Then I found out that I wouldn't be leaving as early as I thought, so I probably could have stayed in bed for a little bit longer. Oh well, it gave me some online time which is good. Unfortunately though, there are no available outlets by the desk. You know how normally hotels will put outlets right into the base of lamps so that people can plug things in? Well, they don't have that here, and the outlet is full with other stuff. So I'm running completely on battery. I'm at 69 percent since last night, and this battery usually lasts about 6 hours or so but still. I might need to use it later on battery and it would have been nice to give it some juice. Oh well, I'll survive. SMILE!

Well, I just thought I'd post since I had time. I've got to get down to the continental breakfast in a couple of minutes so that I get some food before leaving, so I think I'm going to post this and put the laptop away. Have a good day everyone!
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Well, I'm here in the hotel after my first day. I'm tired, but there are a couple of reasons why I'm not actually sleeping yet.

Reason number 1. I brought my own pillow. My pillow is made out of memory foam. This memory foam, when left outside in cold weather, tends to harden up. Therefore, my pillow is currently rather rock-like and I need to wait for it to thaw out a little before I use it. You'd think I would have learned after the first time this happened.

Reason number 2. Yours truly forgot a couple of things. First and foremost, I left my Book Port at home on my bed. My nightly fall-asleep entertainment doesn't exist. This will be the first time in almost a year that I haven't had it to use. I brought batteries and my pillow speaker, but no Book Port.

Unfortunately, that's not the only thing I forgot on this here trip. I left without my cell phone charger. Normally, my phone is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unfortunately, for the duration of the trip, it will remain off unless I need to make a call. Since it's a new phone, I really don't know the life of the battery, and I need to be able to use it to check my voicemail at work and things. And, I may need it for Friday morning as an alarm clock. I got my clock set in here for tomorrow morning, but I don't know how things will work for tomorrow night yet. So, it may have to be my alarm, which means leaving it on all night Thursday. So, needless to say, I feel like an idiot at the moment.

Oh yes, and let's not forget to mention the fact that this was supposed to be a voice post, but that's not happening either. The number I've been using for voice posting apparently doesn't work anymore, and I need to find a new number, which I didn't exactly feel like doing tonight. So, you got me direct. SMILE!

Other than all this stuff, today was pretty good. I'm extremely tired, and really want to go to bed soon, but I need to wait for my pillow. We made some good contacts today I think, so that was good, and we went to a really great Italian restaurant tonight. They do this really interesting thing there. They serve the traditional Italian bread, but they actually bake garlic. It makes it really soft, and then you spread the clove wedge thing like you would butter. It's amazing, and it's nothing like eating garlic raw. I had a little bit of olive oil and freshly grated cheese. My room isn't much tonight, but there's free wireless, so it'll do. There's a bed, where I am sitting now actually, and that's about it.

Well, my pillow still isn't really all that thawed out, but I'm just extremely tired, and I'm having trouble typing so I think that's about it. If you have my cell number and want to hear my, um, greeting, go ahead and call and leave me a message. If you don't have my cell number and want it, send me an email since I'll most likely be able to check messages over the next couple of days. You know where, and if you don't, look on my profile page. Later peoples!
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I keep saying that I'm going to write about last Tuesday, and I keep not doing it. So, since I have a little time before I go to bed, here's the story.

Last Monday and Tuesday I was supposed to sit in on a person's training session because I'd done an evaluation to determine if JAWS would be accessible with the software this company was going to be using. I picked up some tricks along the way, and was there so that I could get this person through the initial introduction to the software, and to install JAWS and get it working. The 19th was kind of a wasted day for me because I found out that A, they weren't going to be working on the computers that day, and B, I couldn't even install anything until someone submitted a work order to the IT department. So, I left about halfway through the day.

So, for the 20th. I got there at about 20 minutes to seven. I'd put in a time order cab ride two days before, and it was, surprisingly enough, right on time. I went down to the room where the training was taking place and was told that I was set to install JAWS. The IT people weren't coming in until 8:00 though, so for the first hour I kind of did my own thing. At about 8:00 the training facilitator went to talk to one of the IT people. That's when we discovered that the person who was supposed to submit the work order had never done it. So, I still couldn't work on the computer. The IT guy finally decided to let me install anyway, and logged me in under his account so that I'd have administrative rights. So, I got things installed, and rebooted the system. Authorization was going to be the next hurdle, but because of lack of time at that precise moment we authorized with my dongle. This is when I found out that some of the training materials were online. Normally this wouldn't be an issue accept for the fact that parts of the training were pictures of text rather than text itself, and therefore wouldn't read. During the evaluation we were told absolutely nothing about this online training. What's more, the person doing the training didn't even know that she was going to be working with someone who was blind. This is a fairly big company, and apparently one hand doesn't necessarily know what the other hand is doing. So, we found a course that was accessible and he started working through it.

Then, at 11:00, it was lunch time. I was hungry, and definitely ready to go eat, but the facilitator said that she was going to have IT come back in so that we could finish the authorization process. Unfortunately, things didn't quite go that way. When it was time to go, everyone got up and left within a matter of a couple of seconds, before I even had a chance to stand up or even open my mouth, leaving me in the room alone. Now, I've had some time to think about this, and I'm sure that others will come up with ways of working around this situation, but what it boils down to is personal comfort levels. I could very easily have gotten up and made my way to the cafeteria. I knew exactly where it was, so getting there wasn't the issue. My problems were these. First, if I left the room, I would have been locked out. Everyone else had card keys to get them back in, but since I wasn't an employee, I didn't have a card. Second, the cafeteria there is huge, with high ceilings, and tons of people. I am personally not comfortable trying to navigate through large crowds, let alone trying to maneuver with food. Let's not even mention the fact that there were several counters, and several different types of food, and I just wasn't comfortable doing it alone. And, I was still waiting to see if the IT guy was going to come in and help me.

Time passed, and nobody came in. The guy I was working with came back in at one point, and he did offer to walk with me down to the cafeteria so that I'd be able to get back in, but by this point I was getting really frustrated with the whole situation, and I really didn't want to admit to him that I was uncomfortable with the cafeteria thing. I think it was kind of a pride thing for me; I'm supposed to be independent and in control of things, and the cafeteria would have shown that I wasn't in control as much as I wanted to be so I told him that I'd be fine. Was I wrong not to just go down there and ask the first person I came across for help? Maybe, maybe not. I have no problems asking for help from people, but I also knew that I was an observer there, and didn’t want to take up anyone else's time, and I've never really been comfortable just walking up to someone and starting up a conversation unless I've at least heard of them before. Let's add to that the layout of the cafeteria, with its many different food areas, including a grill. I also seriously think I need to go and get my hearing checked because I seem to have a lot of trouble in situations like that and I find it hard to even talk to the person next to me. I know I've been saying that for months now, I just need to actually make an appointment and do it.

The facilitator came back in at noon and I didn't have a chance to talk to her about the IT person for a little while. When I finally got to talk to her she said that I should have grabbed her at lunch. I said that since she and everyone else ran out so fast I didn't have an opportunity to do anything. The guy I was with said that "blind people can do pretty much everything, but finding a specific person in a crowd is a little bit difficult sometimes." So, I was all ready frustrated by the fact that the online training modules weren't mentioned during the evaluation and the fact that they weren't working. So, when I discovered that administrators have no Internet privileges I was really not pleased. I attempted to register JAWS the normal way. When that didn't work, I asked the facilitator to help me generate the activation code from the web site. When that didn't work either I was really getting irritated. This place has such high security settings that something as simple as JAWS activation is impossible, even as a network administrator. Yes, firewall settings could have been opened that might have allowed me to perform the registration. But, this machine was only the training machine, not the machine that he'd be working at later. So, we'd have to go through all of this again with his main machine. To me, it just wasn't worth it, and my frustration was at an all-time high.

Then, another, more urgent problem started to manifest itself. I really needed to use the bathroom, but again, leaving the room meant I couldn't get back in, and from the classroom they couldn't have seen me at the door. So, me and my bladder of steel had to sit and tough it out for a while longer. I went into another part of that area to use a phone so that I could call the office and explain the problems I was having with authorization, and to see if we could talk to this guy's rehab counselor about authorizing the purchase of a dongle. I figured that after all this trouble it would just be easier to get a dongle that would authorize any computer running an ILM version of JAWS then messing with everything else. I think it was pretty obvious to everyone in the office that things weren't going well, but I wasn't in a position where I could talk freely about things. They kept asking me questions, and I kept saying that I couldn't answer them, which only made me feel worse than I all ready felt. By the time I got off the phone I was ready to go home. I didn't want to be there, nothing I was doing was working, and I was just ready to call it quits on this particular project. Did I mention that the person who was responsible for hiring this guy was out for the week so was absolutely no help in this situation? He was the one that should have communicated to the training department that they'd be getting someone who was blind. But that didn't happen.

About that time the facilitator came over and asked what we were going to do from here. At that point I told her that the next order of business was a bathroom break. Since the group was doing their online work again she was free to take me and get me back into the room. On the way I mentioned to her that I hadn't gotten lunch, and why, and asked her if she could help me with the snack machines so that I'd at least have something to eat and drink. I ended up with a bag of pretzels and a soda which, although didn't satisfy me, definitely did something for me. After the bathroom break and the food, things started to get a little bit better. I had been given permission to leave my dongle with this guy and one was being ordered for him. He agreed that he'd return mine once his came.

One of the main reasons I was there though was to get him through a program that kind of resembles a DOS program, and actually runs on command line prompts. Unfortunately, the log-on process is a bit tricky, and I'd worked out a way of doing it, as well as some tips for using the program once he was logged in. We got to that program at about 3:00 PM, which only gave us an hour. We got the log-on process figured out, but then there was no time to work with the program. So I basically had to tell him about my suggestions and leave him to sink or swim on his own. I felt bad about it, but there was really nothing I could do at that time.

I was extremely happy to get home at around 4:30. I had to call back into the office though so that I could explain what had happened. The lack of communication between departments was probably one of the most frustrating things for me. I just don't understand how a big company can function, how anyone can function for that matter, without good communication. The good thing is that it's over, and this week has been extremely light; made lighter by the two people that cancelled on me.

Well, I should be getting my apple peeler thingy tomorrow, so I'll be making applesauce tomorrow night! How much more simple can it get than apples, sugar, and cinnamon? Hey, I'm all about the easy stuff. SMILE! Later!
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Is it Friday yet? Well, it's worth hoping for, right? This is turning into a long week and it's only Tuesday! It appears that I have yet another no-show today. The sad thing is, this guy called us because he was interested in the PAC Mate, and I'd arranged for him to come and see both the BX and the QX so that he'd have a chance to get hands-on experience with both of them before making a decision. The appointment was scheduled for 1:00 PM, and as I'm writing this it's 1:26. We've tried calling both phone numbers that we have for him, and in both cases we're only getting voicemail. Why is it that people can't have enough respect for others to at least call if they're not going to show up? If I'm going to be late getting somewhere I always call the person to let them know, even if they've told me not to worry about being late. I guess I've come to expect that from others, but maybe it's too much to ask. Okay, so I just got an email about yesterday's person. She apparently said that her transportation didn't show up to get her. I understand the whole public transportation thing, believe me, I've had enough bad experiences to last me a lifetime. But, come on. At least take a couple of seconds to call and say that it hasn't shown up or whatever, or even call the company providing the transportation and find out what's going on. We're not mind readers. Okay, so end of rant. It's just extremely frustrating when I've got about ten thousand other things on my desk and can't do anything because I'm waiting on someone else who can't show enough respect to keep people informed.

In other news, I still didn't get a full night's sleep last night. Taz has been driving us both nuts by puking several times a week. It just kept getting worse, and last night was the final straw when he puked on the bed between Jim's feet and then took off. This morning we cornered him and put him in his carrier for a trip to the vet. With Taz this is most definitely no easy task, and long-time readers may remember my story from last year about how it took us close to a half hour to find him before we could get him locked away. This time we used the wet food bribe, which has never failed in the past. It worked again, and we made sure that when he got home he still got his food. I put him in his carrier and Jim took him to the vet. At eleven years old Taz is still a healthy cat, and is holding steady at about 7.9 pounds where he's been for years. They gave him a series of allergy shots, which he's actually had in the past, and said that if things don't improve in the next two weeks to bring him back for a booster shot. It's kind of sad to think that my little boy is allergic to himself, but for all intents and purposes he is. The shots have been really effective in the past, and if it keeps him from scratching and licking himself so much it'll be worth it. Once he got home he ate his food and has been hiding from us ever since. I don’t blame him. I think I'd probably hide too if I had to go out in the cold and then get needles shoved into me. SMILE! Oh well, I'll be able to cuddle with him tonight and try to make it up to him. And, it'd be really nice if, in return, he allowed us to get at least one full night of sleep. We'll see what happens.

Well, that's about it for now. It still doesn't look like this guy's going to come, which means that I need to get some other things done. Later.
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Well, I'm still here. Things have been absolutely crazy this week but I wanted to take a little time to post an update. I'll go back later and give a more detailed description of my week, but for now I have two things that I wanted to write about.

First, yesterday morning I electronically filed both my federal and state taxes!!!!! YAY ME!!!!!!!! I've got money coming back, and it is going to be direct deposited into my savings account that is currently holding the money that will be used for the ACB Convention this summer. This is the third year I've done my own taxes using Tax Act Online and it's great. I don't have anything really complicated to worry about, so all I have to do is answer questions and the forms are filled in for me. It really can't get much simpler than that.

Now for my other piece of news. On Wednesday I went out to see a client who was being trained on Freedom Box. This is the same guy that we had to keep cancelling week after week because I couldn't get transportation. Anyway, I finally got to go back out to see him for his second appointment and he had a really cool surprise for me. The first time I went out there he was telling me about a new kitchen gadget that he and his wife had gotten, and I was extremely interested in it. So, when I got there on Wednesday, he asked me if I'd gotten one yet. I told him that I hadn't, and he handed me a box. Inside was an electric potato masher! This thing is way too cool! You peel and cut the potatoes, fill the bottom with water, put the potato pieces in the steamer basket, set the timer, and wait. It steams the potatoes and then automatically mashes them. Then, you can add the milk, butter, and whatever else, and it'll mix that all in. I tried it last night and the potatoes came out like ones that you'd get from a restaurant! They were really good! I personally like my mashed potatoes with the skins still on them, and there's a restaurant somewhere, (I can't remember which one it is), that does that. I kept the skins on these potatoes and the mashing process even handled that perfectly. I'm all about the kitchen gadgets, but this one is amazing. It came with a recipe book about an inch thick, and it's got tons of different recipe ideas. One other one that looks really interesting to me is the one for home-made applesauce. I'm seeing the possibilities here. SMILE! Originally I had a link to this product, but was asked to remove it. Sorry guys, I can't provide more information.

This afternoon I'm going out of town for an over-night meeting. The problem is, they're predicting a nice storm that could potentially become a blizzard. So, although I'm only supposed to be gone for one night, it may end up being two. I actually hope it is two. It's kind of a chance to have a little mini vacation, and as sick as this may sound, I kind of like hotels. SMILE! I'll have my laptop, so I intend to write more about my week tonight or tomorrow. Those of you on my MSN list are all ready aware that Tuesday was most definitely not a good day, so I'll be telling everyone exactly why that was. More later.
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It's almost 5:00 PM and I've shut my phone off just a little early. It's been a long day, not overly busy, just long. I had one of my headaches that I haven't had in a while, and it was making things really difficult. I forgot to put my pain pills back in my purse after I got back from Florida, so I didn't have anything I could take while I was out. We had sun today, and it was glaring off of the snow which really made things bright, and that only made things worse since I'm all ready light-sensitive. I did my K-NFB Reader presentation despite the pain, and we started driving back. On the way we decided that we were hungry so we stopped in at Noodles for lunch. I had their buttered noodles with chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms, along with one of their really soft, large Snickerdoodle cookies. I absolutely love that place but I don't get to go their often. So when I do get to go it's definitely a treat.

When I got back here I took some pain pills and attempted to do some work. It wasn't happening though. My head was hurting and I was feeling kind of nauseous. I figured it was time to go lay down. I had one of those eye masks that you can put over your eyes that are supposed to help you relax or whatever. In my case, it also blocks out all light. I stayed in bed, trying not to move, for about two hours. Cally came up and cuddled with me and did her share of purring. I got to spend a little quality time with my current book as well which was kind of nice. Finally I felt good enough to get up and finish a project that I was supposed to be working on this afternoon. It's nice to have that out of the way, and to have that head ache gone!

On the way home, we were listening to Wisconsin Public Radio. They started a program where someone reads a book over the air. The book they were reading today was Marley and Me by John somebody-or-other. They were starting Chapter ten, so I missed quite a lot, but the book sounded great. Has anyone read this all ready? I looked on Web Braille and the book doesn't exist. I checked Audible, and although the book is there, and read by the author, it's abridged, and I don't want abridged. I don't have a Bookshare account so can't check that resource. But, I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd try audio from my regional library, but they don't like me these days because they say that I have too many books out so they won't let me get any more. I'd like to know what these books are that I still have, but whatever. I'll find a way somehow, even if I have to go out and buy the book and scan it myself!

I now have my UPS tracking number for my PAC Mate. It's on its way home! It's too soon to get an arrival date, but I'll either have that later tonight or tomorrow morning. So, that definitely made my day.

The top 24 have been selected for American Idol now, so the public takes over from here. There's someone from Wisconsin on this year, and although it's not one of the two people they showed in the original Minneapolis audition, she's in the top 24, so I'm obviously rooting for her. Her name is Gina, and I think it's going to be interesting to see how far she goes. At this point, she seems very snobby, kind of the "I'm better than everyone else" attitude. However, I think that's going to change as time goes on. Before next Tuesday I need to go through the list of people in the top 24, watch their videos, and read their profiles so that I can make my lists again. It really helped me to have people's information in front of me while they were performing so that I could keep things straight in my mind. I also need to program the VCR because all the programs I set are finished. If I could I'd just set it to record everything, but since the dates and times are so weird it's not really possible to set up an actual schedule without putting each night in its own slot. And, I can only go three weeks in advance since that's all Zap2It will show me at one time. Oh well, it works.

My PowerPoint class went well last night. Now I need to prepare for my next session on Monday, but there really isn't much to do there since I'm going to be using my hand-out that I use in my Word class when talking about how to create outlines. We covered the first two ways to create slides, and now we're going to cover the third. Once that's done, the fun will start. Animation, sounds, colors, pictures, you name it. It'll be great!

Well, I think that's about it for now. Oh, I've all ready put my votes in for this week's LJ Idol, but it looks like [livejournal.com profile] imafarmgirl and [livejournal.com profile] johnmill79 are both safe this week anyway, but it's still neat to be able to follow this. I'm seriously thinking of entering next time if they offer it again. It might be kind of fun, and I haven't really done any serious for-real writing in a long time. We'll see.

Okay, so this time I'm really going to go. More later, maybe.
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Wow! What a week! It actually seems to have gone really fast though, and tomorrow's Friday all ready! Things are really picking up for me, and next week is going to be nuts. I spent most of Monday morning creating a form that's going to be going on our web site. Microsoft Word forms DO NOT convert to HTML, just in case anyone wondered. So, I coded pretty much everything manually, with a little bit of help from Arachnophilia, which inserts a lot of the tags for me so all I have to do is fill in the information. Unfortunately, I can't use the latest version because it's inaccessible, so I'm using an older version that seems to be a bit on the out-dated side, so not all the form tags are set quite right, and I've still had to do a lot of stuff manually. The sad thing is, I kind of like this work. It sort of helps to make the time go by fast. The biggest problem this week though has been that they're starting some construction really close to my window, and the debris is being dumped even closer to the window. So, it gets so noisy that I can't hear my computer or talk on my phone, which sort of makes me a little less productive.

Monday afternoon I was out reinstalling software and configuring a computer after a virus got through and caused this person to have to do a reformat. Good job, AVG nice to know you aren't catching all viruses. SMILE!

Tuesday I was supposed to go on a road trip. Snow, slippery roads, and just plain nastiness stopped that from happening so I stayed around here doing stuff, oh yeah, it was an evaluation intake form and some other stuff. That night I went to Crawdaddy's which is a place where they have really super good Cajun-type food. I'm not into seafood in the least though, so I avoided that like the plague, but I ended up getting some really great stuffed mushrooms that were stuffed with spicy sausage, (I can't remember what it was called), and those were absolutely fantabulous. My main course was pepper bacon-wrapped Pork Tenderloin. It was thick, juicy, and extremely flavorful. It came with garlic mashed potatoes, and carrots. I normally don't like carrots, but as carrots go, these were actually kind of good. I didn't eat most of them, but I did have a couple. I also got to have several of their fried potatoes, which were basically thick slices of potatoes very well seasoned. It was all great. I've had a taste for spice lately, and whenever I have the opportunity to get something that claims to be Cajun 99 percent of the time I'll try it to see if it truly is spicy enough. And, most of the time there's absolutely no kick to it at all. I like spice, but it has to still have flavor, or else it's just not worth my time.

Yesterday I was preparing for a couple of presentations. Things got so noisy though that I ended up saving everything to a thumb drive, grabbing my laptop, and heading into another part of the building to work. I let people who needed to know that I wouldn't be able to answer my phone, and told them they could get me on my cell. Then I was out of here.

Today I worked with a high school student on using JAWS on the Internet. I got to spend three hours working with him, and I'd like to think that it went well. They want me to come back for one more half day, so I think that's a good sign, huh? Tomorrow I'm on the road again doing a K-NFB Reader demo, and then most likely when I get back from that I'll be finishing up the web form.

Monday and Tuesday of next week are going to be long, and it'll be interesting to see how things go. I might be extremely bored too, but who knows. A couple of weeks ago I did an on-site evaluation for a guy who's been trying to find a job for a long time. He got the job, and starts Monday. I'll be going there for two days, both to install software and to be around when he starts training on the software since I had to do some work to get it to be useable. It should be interesting. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I've got appointments that will take me all over the place. Friday I'm going out of town for a retreat as part of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. So things are going to be crazy!

Anyway, I'm sitting here now eating a pizza pretzel, and thinking that it'd be really nice to go curl up in bed where it's warm. So, I'm out of here for now! Later gators!
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Yes, two days of this week are behind me, and tomorrow, since I'll be in the office all day, the time is going to go by really fast. In the morning we're going to have our traditional staff meeting where we talk about the clients that have open purchase orders and things so that we know where everybody is. Plans for the afternoon may have changed a little. I'm either going to do Magic, or else I'll be talking to a couple of people about the Focus, (my absolute favorite braille display of all time), and a couple of other products. Personally I hope it's the multiple products. I could go on forever about some of this stuff. SMILE! I am SUCH A NERD!!!!!!

Thursday is going to be kind of interesting. In the morning I have to set up and configure a desktop system for someone. This means that I need to figure out exactly where I'm going to put the thing since I am completely out of long Ethernet cables, and can't string something from the router into my office. Laptops are easy since they pretty much all have wireless these days. So, I'll be setting that up in the morning on Thursday and I think this particular client is getting Window-eyes. Once that's done I get to go see one of my repeat offenders. SMILE! I've worked with this guy on and off for about two years, and lately I've been putting him at the end of the day because I know that he's one that I won't want to strangle while we're working, and he's a great way to end a long day.

Friday is going to be absolutely nuts! In the morning I've got to go deliver the computer and start training the person on how to use it. It's supposed to be from 9:00 AM until 12:30. Then I have to try to get a cab and go across town to work with another guy. The good thing about this guy is that if I'm late he's not going to be upset with me. I hate being late for these appointments though, but sometimes it's unavoidable, especially when I'm relying on public transportation. The big question for Friday though is, where exactly am I going to fit in lunch; and, what am I going to be able to eat on the go? I've had too much lunch meat in my life so cold sandwiches just don't really do much for me. SMILE! I wonder if they make things that will heat up automatically when you breathe on them. And no, I'm not referring to ice cream. SMILE!

So, my week may have started off slow, but it's definitely going to pick up. Today actually went pretty fast. I finished sending out my mass email, and if I have to write "Important Information About JAWS and Windows Vista" one more time I'm going to scream. Oh wait, I just did write it again. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!! It became so repetitive after a while. I had an Excel spreadsheet with about 450 names and email addresses, and I had to take between ten and fifteen addresses at a time and send out the emails. But, since I was copying the addresses to the clipboard, I couldn't keep the body of the message there, so I had to go from program to program to get the information I needed. I was absolutely thrilled when I got that done! I still haven't gotten in touch with the person that I need to talk with for the second evaluation, and I guess that's probably not going to happen since the evaluation is supposed to be on Thursday. GRRRR!!!! Oh well, what can I do?

Tonight on American Idol they let a sixteen-year-old girl from Texas through. For some reason, I always find myself cheering for the younger contestants there. I think it's so cool when the younger people get on, and I always want them to do well. Kelly Pickler from last year is still one of my favorites, and I heard a song of hers not too long ago on Sirius Channel 61. I supported her up until the end, and I'm glad that she still is doing something with music. Anyway, this girl they let through is kind of the opposite of Kelly. She lives in a small town, but she's completely into the big city stuff. I really thought she sounded good, so I hope she goes far.

Well, I guess that's about it for now. I want to have a chance to read for a while before I go to bed. Oh, I packed up my PAC Mate this evening to get it ready to go out via UPS tomorrow. At least I've still got my braille display though, and I snapped that onto the BX that I have, so that much is good. Hopefully the turn-around time won't be too bad, and I'll have it back sooner rather than later. So, I'll catch everyone tomorrow or whatever. Bye for now!
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Well, I've got a lot to say today I think, so there's nothing else to do accept for write.

First, congrats to [livejournal.com profile] johnmill79 and to [livejournal.com profile] imafarmgirl for remaining in the LJ Idol competition. At the risk of sounding just a little bit biased, I read the entry of the person who won this week, and it looked quite a bit similar to [livejournal.com profile] imafarmgirl's entry which was posted days before, but I'm only a innocent bystander so I probably don't know much. SMILE! This week's topic looks like it could be a lot of fun though, so good luck in advance!

I wrote the other day about how much I like Saturdays. Well, if Saturdays are the best day of the week, Mondays have got to be the absolute opposite. This morning definitely did not get off to a very good start. It did improve some throughout the day, but this morning was definitely interesting.

I woke up around 6:30 after having a dream about me and someone at a meeting that we go to every once in a while. In the dream I had to get up like every five minutes because my bladder kept hurting, and this person, for whatever reason kept coming into the bathroom with me. I don't know why, maybe it was because of something she's got on her blog right now. But anyway, it was driving me nuts because we were missing the meeting, and no matter how often I went I never felt any better. So, I woke up and realized that the reason I wasn't getting any better in the dream was because I seriously had to go for real. I hate it when that happens, but I've had dreams like this before. Maybe some day I'll tell you all the story of my potty training dreams. SMILE!

So anyway, I took care of things and went right back to bed. It was still early, and it was just way too cold so I didn't want to get up. While laying there listening to my Book Port, Taz came up to snuggle, followed shortly by Cally. Taz likes to lie on top of me a lot of the time, and I was laying on my right side, so he was on my left, and Cally was in her usual spot on my feet. I was getting nice and warm, and really getting relaxed when Taz started the puke dance. Yes, he was still on top of me while this was happening, and no, I didn't let him stay there. Once he started jerking and making his puke noise I made him get off the bed. Unfortunately this meant that he was going to puke on the carpet. I figured it'd be okay; I'd wait for Jim to get up and let him know about it so that he could find it before I actually got out of bed. Well, as it turned out, when Jim got up, (he was sleeping on the couch because he's been having some hip problems and it's more comfortable on the couch), he was apparently also cold so he went immediately into the shower instead of coming into the bedroom to see if I was awake. I knew it wouldn't do any good to yell because he wouldn't have heard me. So, I picked up my laptop, which I've been keeping by the bed lately, and went online. I took care of some stuff there and then realized that it was time to actually motivate myself. But, Jim was still in the shower. I figured that if Taz had left a mess it would most likely be in the middle of the floor rather than against the wall, so if I stayed close to the wall I'd be fine. Wrong. With my bare feet, which were all ready cold, I managed to step directly into his cold puke. Not exactly a good way to start things off.

I didn't want to get out of the shower. It was so warm, and I figured I could just stay there all day and I'd be perfectly content. Unfortunately, this was not an option, but it would have been nice. The heat is really hard to adjust in this apartment, so I really don't like to mess with it. But, because of the cold, even the cats were uncomfortable, so I had to turn up the thermostat some. I had my space heater going pretty much all day, and I pulled some peppermint hot chocolate packets that were left over from my birthday party and made us hot chocolate. While we were getting ready to eat lunch, Jim got out a bowl of the Campbell's Ready-To-Serve Soup bowls. He opened it, and somehow the thing leaked all over, including the floor. He's opened tons of those and never had a problem. Let's not mention the fact that he had just mopped the floor yesterday. So, he wasn't happy.

I got a lot done today work wise though. I got one of two pre-evaluation calls done, (the other person hasn't called me back yet), and I've started working on a mass emailing that I was asked to send out regarding JAWS and Windows Vista. I was supposed to have an appointment tomorrow, but the guy that was supposed to drive me cancelled for the second week in a row. I feel bad for the guy I'm supposed to work with, especially since I have his ZoomText 9.0 upgrade sitting here, and he doesn't get it until I can get to his house.

Speaking of ZoomText, I've got a lot of work in front of me for tomorrow. Wednesday we've got an all-day staff meeting, and I'm supposed to teach a couple of the staff members Magic. It's really not going to be that big a deal since the commands are so close to JAWS, but I need to get it installed and configured on my laptop, and then spend some time with it just to refresh my memory on some of the stuff that I'm going to be asked to demonstrate.

I have about 300 and something more people to email as well, plus the second evaluation, so tomorrow is going to be busy. Hopefully I can get through everything so that once Wednesday comes around I'll be ready with Magic, and done with all the other stuff that needs to get done. When I'm not doing all this stuff, I've got to work on getting our web site updated with some new products. Yikes! SMILE!

My PAC Mate is going back on Wednesday. I'm definitely going to miss it, and even though I do have the company BX, it's just not the same. And I still can't get Yahtzee to work. I guess I'm going to have to completely uninstall the program and associated stuff and start completely over. Oh well, if nothing else there's always Jawbreaker. Talk about a mindless game, but it sure is addictive. SMILE!

Well, I think it's about time to find something for supper, so I'm going to go for now. More later.

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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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Yes, I really am still here. I'm really glad that today's Friday though. I got home Wednesday afternoon and had no problems with planes and transportation this time around. But it was like once I got home my brain just sort of shut down. I spent the rest of the day on Wednesday reading through some emails and then I watched Sunday's Seventh heaven episode before American Idol came on for Wednesday. After that I was pretty much ready for bed.

Yesterday I was absolutely dead. I got up at my normal time and ended up going back to bed for a little while. At about 9:30 I realized that I should probably get up and turn my phone on so that I could actually get some work done. It ended up pretty much being one thing after another yesterday, and I finally finished at about 6:00. I had McDonalds for supper since I had absolutely no ambition or ideas for food, watched Tuesday's American Idol from tape, and crashed at about 9:30. Today I've got three appointments. Two are over the phone though, so I won't have to travel until this afternoon, but I think it's going to be another crazy day. At least I'll have the weekend to try to recover and get back to normal. I still don't feel the greatest and that's not helping things much.

I think tomorrow morning I'm going to curl up in bed with the cats and my portable DVD player and finally check out Harry Potter. I've given up trying to play DVD's on the laptop for the time being, I don't want to sit in here and play the movie on my desktop computer, so my options are either my recliner with the remote or my bed with the portable player. We'll see when the time comes. I've also got a weeks worth of The Young and the Restless to catch up on so that'll be happening sometime this weekend as well. Just a chance to relax and do what I want for a couple of days will be great! And, next week I start off with road trips two days in a row, so it'll help me prepare for those things coming up.

Well, I really don't have any other exciting things to say so I think I'm going to go read for a while and take a little time to mellow while I still can. 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'm waiting for it to be time when I can start making phone calls. (I've got an evaluation to try to get done today), and I don't like to call people too early since it sort of has the effect of making me into the evil witch of the morning. So, while I wait for it to get a little later, I thought I'd post. Things are really super slow anyway because nobody wants anything between Christmas and New Year's, so I'm trying to come up with things I can do to pass the time.

When I read my Friend's page this morning I saw that three people are either feeling sick or having some kind of breathing-related issue. I hope you all feel better, and I am extremely relieved that a virus can't be passed around through LJ because it'd be my luck that I'd get it. I've done really well this season, and I just hope that my luck holds out for a while. After New Year's I suppose I can get sick if I have to, but I'd still rather not.

I had a lazy weekend. I made the pork tenderloin that I wrote about. I mixed garlic powder and seasoning salt together and rubbed it all over the meat. I wrapped it in foil and let it sit in the fridge for a day before putting it in the oven. I lost my meat thermometer, (who knows where it ended up), so I was lucky enough to be able to borrow someone else's so that I wouldn't overcook this stuff. I guess it's pretty easy to do, and I didn't want charbroiled dried meat for Christmas. It came out great though, and I was really happy about that. We really didn't have any presents to open. Jim and I are really bad when it comes to waiting for the day, so we've been giving each other our presents all month. I got the Resco recorder program for my PAC Mate, (or I will have it once I register my demo copy), and a headset that was supposed to be for the PAC mate with a built-in microphone, but I think I'm going to have to use it with something else since I'm not overly happy with the performance of it on the PM, simply because the PM only has a mono mic jack. I need to find my other mic that I had for my PlexTalk since I think that was mono, and a really good mic. I also need to look for something to use with my digital recorder. Yes, it has a built-in mic, but it'd be nice to have an external for those times when I want to have the recorder in my jacket pocket or something. I'll come up with something I'm sure.

My birthday was uneventful, (write me privately if you want details), and passed pretty much like any other day. It wasn't the special day I had been hoping for, except that Jim brought me a bottle of vanilla bubble bath and a vanilla candle that I lit a couple of hours before taking my bath so that the smell would have time to penetrate. That was pretty much the extent of it though.

New Year's Eve is going to be my party, and a way to bring in the new year. I'm still looking forward to that. I just hope that once things are over I'll be able to return any unopened party decorations and things. Some people haven't given us an answer as to whether they're coming or not, and it makes it really hard to plan when people don't get back to me. It's one of those frustrating things I guess.

Well, I think I should probably post this now and try calling this guy again. It's late enough now that I think I can call. Happy New Year everyone!
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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!

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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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.

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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Well, I just got word a little while ago. When many of my readers will be freezing in snow and surrounded by ice in january, I'll be taking three days to go to Florida! Warm sunny weather, and I'll be thinking of those of you who are wishing for warmer weather. I'm going again to the Freedom Scientific Dealer meeting in Orlando. This year's meeting was really interesting, and I think next year's meeting sounds interesting as well. Yes, January seems like a really long way off now, but it'll come up fast I think.

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