Thursday, September 3, 2009

New York Botanical Garden

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I’m delighted to say that the session with Apple’s Super Tech yesterday went very well. She really knew her stuff, she understood the problems I tried to explain, even though I don’t have the technological language. Not only could she dig into the innards, figure out the problems, and talk me through the fixes, she could explain what went wrong, why it went wrong, and teach me trouble-shooting tips for the future. She also taught me how to utilize Time Machine more efficiently, and it’ s not the “all or nothing” transfer the way it was presented to me at the store. She taught me how to dig in there, find what I want, and get it out without setting off a chain reaction.

The computer’s running like new now (except with all my files intact). If it keeps up, I’ll be happy.

Of course, one of the biggest problems was caused by something that downloaded as part of the latest Word (as in Microsoft) update! Gee, now there’s a surprise! But we beat it into submission and it’s behaving.

What I’d like to know is why this couldn’t have been set up two weeks ago? Why did I have two weeks of hoop jumping after the multiple visits to the Genius Bar failed?

Stop&Shop called me with a list of excuses for the virus hijacking their site, trying to blame ME for getting a virus from their site, and, again, refusing any responsibility. Sorry, you’re responsible for keeping a secure site for your customers. And when there’s a complaint, at least pretend you’re going to try to do something about it. Don’t blame the customer.

Diane, you’re right about the Czech Republic not switching over until 2012 (thank you to my source — you know who you are). I mentioned it to the currency exchange, and, lo and behold, I can pick up my currency tomorrow.

I went to storage and rooted through paperwork yesterday. I found some of what I need. I also started sorting through my “misc.” boxes. Because I only had a few days to pack up 13 years of my life when I gave up the Manhattan apartment, there were times when I couldn’t sort as I packed, just stuffed things in boxes and marked them “Misc.” So now I’m going through those 4 or 5 dozen boxes and sorting them.

I found some really cool stuff, some of which will be great in the house. I found some stuff I could throw away. I found notes for some projects. I found some of the paperwork I needed. I found books — but still not those three books for which I’ve been looking for months! I found fabric and clothes and yarn, and sorted them. I found an excptionally ugly rose and black houndstooth print sweater. Really? I don’t think I ever wore it. It must have been given to me by someone who disliked me.

I washed it and placed it on a rack, set in the bathtub (only place there’s room) to dry. Violet is complaining. I’m not sure if she thinks the sweater is as ugly as I do, or if it offends her sense of order to have a sweater in the bathtub.

I brought home some of the clothes, washed them, and am sorting them into what to keep and what to give away. I found a gorgeous, vintage black velvet dress. I wore it to a Broadway opening and never wore it again. Unfortunately, I was underweight when I wore it, and I’ll never get into it again. The dedicated workouts have changed the shape of my body — for the better, but especially in the upper body, it just doesn’t fit.

So I took it over to my neighbor, who’s got a petite build, told her the story behind the dress, and asked if she or her daughter could use it. She was thrilled. Her high school reunion is coming up next month, she lost her job, and wasn’t sure what to wear. She’s got gorgeous shoes to go with it — now she’s all set! I’m so thrilled the dress has a good home and can be enjoyed.

I also found a pair of kick-ass green silk pumps with gold bedazzling that I bought for a performance piece in which I actually appeared. I got them for $6 at the Goodwill. They are brand new, designer, and GORGEOUS. They’re going back on the active shoe rack. There’s also a matching green suede evening bag.

I love shopping in my storage unit!

I ran around to three different Staples trying to find the right flashcard for my camera and none of them have it. Because I need to look at it, and because I’m using a rewards certificate that will also include some other stuff I need to see before I buy, I have to get everything in-store rather than order online. Besides, I should be able to walk into a store and get something as simple as the correct flashcard and the correct pen refill.

A friend contacted me yesterday and asked a favor. He likes my research/investigative doggedness and asked me to track down some info for him tonight, so I’ll do it. I’ll have to use some ingenuity and maybe even diplomacy (oh, horrors) to get it. It’ll be a challenge.

I’m off on an adventure today, and have to schedule it so that I’m back in time to do the favor for my friend.

Tried a new recipe for apple muffins this morning. It’s not as good as my favorite one — too dry, and, even with additional cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace added, still didn’t have enough flavor. Sigh. I mean, it was okay. But it wasn’t GREAT. And I wanted great.

Decent morning’s work on AMENDS. Finished the scene before the scene with the Alzheimer’s afflicted character, that sets up the cliffhanger in this chapter.

Off I go.


AMENDS — first draft: 19,312 words out of est. 75,000

Violet does not like ugly sweaters in the bathtub. Perhaps if she sits on the desk, someone will do something about it!