Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Cloudy, hot, humid

My right wrist hurts badly from the computer work. I have to figure out a better way to hold that hand when I work.

Took care of some business yesterday. Will make some more decisions today and act on them.

Went grocery shopping, which is one of my favorite tasks ever. I love the lime cilantro mayonnaise I made last week We finished it yesterday. I’m going to have to make another batch.

Talked to the organizers about tomorrow – we can’t bring water bottles (even though it’s going to be in the 90s and humid), can’t take Purell (no bottles of any kind), and only small bags. So much for eco-friendly, right? I can’t be an entire day without hydration. I’ll wind up in the hospital. It means I have to buy a small water bottle for trip and rally, toss it before we enter the Congressional buildings, and buy another one for the trip home. We’re supposed to be GOING GREEN, people!

I’m going to try to get a travel pack of wet wipes or something. Too bad Purell doesn’t come in wet wipe form.

Watched Obama’s speech (In preparation for tomorrow) and then headed to Stamford for the iPod workshop. Returned the extra adapter I bought and didn’t need, because I have my plug-in-in 150-countries-without-blowing-up-the-hotel one from Brookstone. The workshop had only 4 people in it, and the teacher was good, but even though I was the one who had the iPod the least amount of time, they had trouble with things like, oh, turning it on. The bulk of the workshop was spent in the desktop/iTunes portion of the equation — stuff I already knew — and we never actually worked with the iPod itself, so I was a little frustrated. Again, if you apply the information from the other workshops to iTunes — it works.

Because everyone who works at Apple is so cool, I was able to ask my artwork import question after the workshop.

I really regret not signing up for the one-to-one classes. I’ve gotten everything I can out of the general workshops, and now I need something more specific and individual.

I loaded some more music to the iPod in the evening, and I added the Tweetie application. I had to call Apple Care (of course) because i got stuck on something, but they were very helpful (of course). I even bought a couple of songs from iTunes, to make sure I could work it properly (riiiight).

Today is about business and packing. I’m also trying to get mentally prepared for tomorrow. As someone who hates crowds, marches and rallies aren’t something I do often. But this is health care, and it’s important. I’ve got my concise pitch to the Senators and Representatives ready. It’s going to be very educational, and way out of my comfort zone, which is exactly why I want to do it.

Let’s make some history, people!

I’m not taking much — Yasmine Galenorn’s DEMON MISTRESS to read on the bus, my reporter’s notebook, pens, camera, iPod, and a cardigan in case the bus is cold. And wet wipes, if I can find them. A small bottle of water for the trip down, and I’ll buy one for the trip back, and something to eat for the bus. I’m leaving here at 4:30 in the morning and won’t be back until at least midnight — there’s no way I can do all of that on an empty stomach! 😉

I’m also going to load my photos onto iPhoto today, just in case something goes kerplooey with the camera going through security tomorrow.

I head back out at 6 AM on Friday, back on the road on assignment, so although I’ve scheduled bits and bobs to pop up on the blog over the next few days, you won’t get me “in the moment” again until next Monday. I’ll try to tweet about all the experiences if it actually works!

Lara, what I love about the Mac is that it’s not clunky — it actually works, it can do far more than the PC without buying tons of additional software that then argues with what’s already in the computer, and if you learn how to use one program, you can apply that knowledge to other programs, so you don’t have to relearn 15 different ways and try to remember what goes with which program.

The Mac makes it possible for me to live the freelance life I want.

The lovely employees at both stores are also encouraging me down the road to fully utilize all it has to offer, but I’m taking it i baby steps.

Devon

Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 7:20 am  Comments (6)  

6 Comments

  1. Devon, try those water-buffalo-style backpacks. You can get them at camping supply places. Mind you, with the intense heat expected tomorrow, it may be insanely hot with that strapped to your back, but you wouldn’t be forced to go without water.

    A good day to rest the wrist. Good luck at the rally and here’s to change we can all afford!

  2. Good luck at the rally! (Break a leg?) and I hope you stay hydrated!

    And yes, I find myself going over and sitting at the Mac more and more for stuff I’m doing…

  3. I’m so glad the Mac is working out so well for you. 🙂

  4. Good luck at the rally!! Be thinking about you and watching the news.

  5. The Mac sounds like an absolute perfect fit for you! I had to show Chris how to turn off his Nano. *G* I also had to tell him the instruction booklets for them were online. *G* Very funny considering he’s the Techno-Wiz around here.
    Sounds odd about the water bottles, but maybe they will provide y’all with some form of hydration?
    Have fun and be safe!

  6. Between upgrades and replacements I’ve owned thirteen Apple computers over the span of twenty-three years, so I can understand why you’re appreciating yours. I love how intuitive they are and how easy they make my tasks–and when I do happen to encounter a problem, how quickly the techs solve it.

    Good luck at that Rally!


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