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2011-07-01 08:51 am

1st of July!

Today is the 1st of July in Melbourne Australia; what I've started to call my "lucky month". It's sixxteen years from the 12th since I met Celine dion, Heartly's 13th birthday on the 20th and my LJ's 8th birthday on the 26th. It's winter though; that is unlucky.
Tomorrow I have Trudi's party and I'm really looking forward to it; getting back into it all after so long and putting trust into people again feels good. :)
Oh, and I haven't got a cold like i thought I did; yeah! it must have been alergies or something; had been sneezing for like three hours from the time I got up.
Lol before:
me: We're now into the second half of the year.
C: Yes it goes so quick.
Me: Goes way too quick these days; soon enough i'll be 85 and in a nursing home.
C: Lol you're thinking very far into the future there (friendly laughs from others around us).
me: And all I'll want is my computer and a good internet connection (laughing from around again); so I can chat to other people in nursing homes far and wide.
Yes I'm mad.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2011-06-23 01:00 pm
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I made Honeyjoys! :)

I'm typing this at work minus a Carol (anual leave day) but it doesn't seem too busy right now so I'll see how I go.
Yes, I made honeyjoys last night; after all the inspiration Karen gave me, I gave it a go; had tried them with Amy before but not on my own; it is simple but messy if you don't clean up straight away. Mine did stick to the patty pans a bit but that's because they were in the oven a tad long; they taste delicious though. I ate too many last night and handed some out to my team members today (aka Isabella, Karen, Judith, Jess and even Megan). I will make more soon and they will be an improvement. :)
clicky for my recipe )
Karen also said that she doesn't bake them at all as she likes them softer; I'm the same, so think I shall skip that step as well next time. :)
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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2011-06-20 11:42 am
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meme and games

Meme stolen from the Space Fem herself.
:) Read more... )
In other news, I downloaded the new RS games client the other day and found a brand new game on there called Battleship, and man it was addicting; I played with some bots for a while until I was familiar enough with it and then I played with a few others.
Yesterday I went back there to play another game of battleship and discovered they had put yet another game up called 1000 Miles which I learnt how to play half from instructions and half myself as I do find the game instructions a tad vague on that site, or maybe it's just me I dunno. I don't always seem good at following documentation for some reason. anyway, regardless it was such a fun game; I likewise played with a few bots at first and then an actual person "KD6K" who is a mutual friend of a few of my LJ friends but I don't really know him personally. anyway it is such a good game, maybe even better than Battleship; and they're made even more awesome by the sounds!
I was also listening to the footy in the background, not that I had a choice or anything; Lol but I am getting more and more into it, it's kinda freaky actually; I'm surprising everyone. :)
OK it's clicked over to my lunchtime so now I's go. :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2011-05-06 09:35 am

Getting to know my Apple Mac

Well since I last wrote, I've been of course working and getting to know my apple mak. It is so much fun, the mac I mean; work can really drag some days; not sure why some and not others; think it depends how tired I am.
I have been pretty good though over the past two days. It might even be fair to say I prefer the later shifts for the reason that I can sleep in a bit in the mornings; of course, I do like getting home early as well, so it's a win/lose situation. But next week I'm on the late shift, except for next thursday when I swapped with Suzie so I can get to the Austen hospital in time for my iron infusion.
Well, so far, I've mannaged to connect my mac to my wireless network, and I must say it is a lot easier than windows; in fact, a lot of things seem easier than windows. I am yet to get skype and adium; but I plan to do that sometime this weekend.
Last night I went to the parents for dinner and I brought the mac to show Dad. After a lovely dinner of chicken schnitzel, home-made potato chips, and cabbage mixed with bacon and onion, I learnt how to navigate Safari. Then I went home.
I shall go back to the parents for mother's day Sunday with my mac in toe. Good times; and it's the weekend after today; yeah! :)
Am glad I'm on the late shift next week; I will be off to the docs Monday morning to get my stupid ear unblocked; grrr!
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2011-04-28 09:14 pm
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Back at work

Well, tomorrow is the final day of the three-day week.
Yesterday seemed to drag a little more than today for some reason.
This Saturday, we shall be going up to get my Mackbook if they have my particular one in stock; can't wait!
Not much to report really from since I last wrote in here. A pretty quiet mood greeted me as I walked into work yesterday; think everyone had been wishing the same as me; that we could have gotten the five days off; ah well.
Heartly is still very active and happy, so at the moment, we're just taking it day by day; if she gets too bad, we'll obviously be doing something but until then, if she's happy, we're happy; it's sad; I am still deciding what to do; still wondering if I should get her those further tests; i almost think I might despite my reluctance before.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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2011-04-08 12:14 pm
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LJ rules!

LJ rules even more than before. I can now work the LJ filter feature so easily, unlike before. -- I just added two more additions to my filter.
Tonight is Fran's retirement dinner at Chinese; I don't want her to go *cries*
J showed me where the bank was before; it's easy to find.
Busy weekend coming up; blood test tomorrow, catching up with Heather, and Ike's b/day Sunday; and somewhere in the midst of all that, got to tidy up my house bigtime in preparation for my big day next weekend, oh, and cook.
And now I go; I am busy answering a ton of calls and reading LJs when I can.
Til Next time, RdFreak
Sipping my herbal tea
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2011-03-22 05:22 pm
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grrr

I'm disappointed; I joined [livejournal.com profile] renallife the other day and it was created years ago with absolutely no entries and six members. So I copied my entry of the other day and asked if there was a .. more active comunity? .. nothing. And searches of everything related brings back nothing.
I can usually rely on LJ for any community I need/want to find. ah well. :(
in better news, I've only got eleven minutes to go of my 8.5 hour shift; yeah! :)
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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2011-03-13 07:29 pm

Great relaxing weekend

So today was so nice and relaxing. Nan left about 8 in time for church, but I was awake anyway; i got up when she left; had a bit of a RS game of uno as well as skype conferencing with them all; twas fun but very hard to get a word in with all those people. They were my newish internet friend Kelly as well as a whole heap of others I didn't know, but they all seemed nice.
Then I had a breakfast of four hot holemeal English muffins with heaps of butter; quite nice and attempting to be healthy hence the holemeal.
I then heard half a podcast on the android phone and the screen reader but fell asleep in the middle; ah well.
Got up about 12.45 and started to chop the vegetables; I cooked some spagheti sauce, and man it was nice as! am improving more each time. It gave me three containers which I put in the freezer and a bowl tonight for tea with some pasta and cheese of course.
I used )
Iso need to cook more again; had a break when I wasn't too well.
About to watch 60 minutes; well a bit of it anyway as I heard about a story that was going to be on about this virus that only allows one to remember things for a few minutes, or something; sounds bad.
Normal working day for me tomorrow but not the majority of other Victorians; but we get a free lunch.
til Next time, RdFreak
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2011-03-01 07:23 pm

Going friends only

One of my favourite things to do on LJ is looking at random journals or going right back in new and old LJ friends' archives.
I guess, random journals are my fave because they're allowing me to get to know them. I have always loved reading about different people's lives, and have appreciated so much that people leave their LJ public, or the majority of their entries. So, I did the same. I loved sharing my story with the world.
But, as I've gotten older, I have come to respect more and more that some people I speak about need their privacy. Furthermore, there seem to be more and more individuals that like to troll the net for information so they can gossip amongst their friends; That's what the net is coming too. Work is also a big reason; sometimes, i need to vent about work where I won't be afraid of anyone finding it, not that I think it would happen, but, as the saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Over the eight years of my LJ life, I have noticed more and more people locking down their journals, and it is sad, but I understand why they do it. And now, it's my turn. I have thought about this for sometime now. I will not be going back to lock past entries, mainly because it would take too long; Lol
In addition to locking the majority of my entries now, I will be doing a bit of a cleanout of my friends list; I'd say the cleanout won't be huge, may not even need to happen at all, as I have done a bit behind the sceens lately so am therefore quite happy with everyone. I will prob use my filters a tad more too; I only have a couple set up which I have used pretty infrequently.
I need to be able to trust everyone.
So, unless an entry is entirely about me, consider these LJ entries "friends only" from now on.
Catch ya in the next post.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2011-02-24 10:01 am

quiet spot

It's a quiet spot at work ATM, so I thought I'd relate an accident that happened on the escorlators yesterday which I forgot to write about last night.
Joy wasn't hurt at all; she just got a fright.
I'd just taken her to toilet at the church and we went to the entrance of Melb central, and Joy went to her usual middle escrlator, but "they" had decided to have that one going down instead of up. So we discovered this when it was too late so we reversed but Joy must have got a fright as she felt it catch too close to her foot, and she half yelped; I was worried but she seemed OK.
When we got back up to the office, the ladies checked her out and she was fine. She actually started walking faster after it happened.
Anyway it's taught me a lesson; not to just assume the escorlator will always be going the same way. So I must let her follow me on.
In other news, I was on to Optus for about an hour yesterday, and after being transferred to about four people, I finally have my USB wireless dongle issue sorted out; will be getting a new SIM card tomorrow and then will be able to use it on the move again; yeah! :) Also, I will be going on a cheaper plan with TPG and moving my mobile across there; this will save some dosh.
Michael W is here sorting out my new server computer which will be dedicated to me and jaws.
Anyway that's about all I's think. :)
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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2011-02-19 06:39 am
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Wow, these iron tablets are sure kicin a lot of a***

Well, it's 6.22 on a Saturday morning and yes, I'm up; I'm awake. I feel a headache coming on so I got to be careful it doesn't.
Thursday I had one all day; a real shocker, and two lots of panadol didn't even help; It finally subsided when I arrived home at the end of the day.
I ended up taking Wednesday off work to try and give my body a chance to fight that lingering thing I had. Felt fine in the afo so kinda felt guilty but it was worth staying home resting in the morning and not rushing around.
Tuesday wasn't a good day; I left my ciprinal at home (when will I learn)? so wasn't happy at all, especially when Issobella (next to me) has told me a few times now I talk too loud when she can be heard all over the place; i told her as such and then later on regretted it; just cop it and shut up; but we were fine in the end. I was cheered up with some pop corn so that was good.
Yesterday was a better day; i was headache free and remained rather cheerful throughout. --- We all got a packet of fairry floss; then Sophie (the new girl who's starting to make friends with me) gave me hers as she can't eat the stuff; Lol!
A few days ago, we all got an email to say that there will be social drinks on Fridays after our shifts in the kitchen; So of course not being interested as soon as the word "drinks" are mentioned, I'd already decided to give it a miss, but right at the end, Judith talked me into it; that and of course "nibblies" always gets me interested. and I thought, since I was going home that night, I didn't have to rush or anything, so when my shift finished at 5.30, I joined them; it was fun. I spoke to a group of people, getting to know Libby and co better; it's good to be social. i left at about 6 though. It was good to have a chat to Megan too. Oh speaking of her, I had my first of the monthly meetings with her and that went well; she seems pleased with me.
We get 20 random calls a month listened to for quality asurance purposes, and this is what we go over in the meetings. How it works is, they get randomly listened too, and if there's an issue, they get passed on to Megan to then hear.
Man, writing from home with no distractions every ten seconds is sure nice; Lol -- as I've mentioned though in the past, I usually don't have much energy when I get home on a week night.
Til Next time, RdFreak
P.S. We're celebrating Nan's birthday today at Angie's; should be fun. :)
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2011-02-11 11:17 am
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Good night

Had a great night last evening, but first:
As mentioned in here a couple of days ago, last week we had a game here at work as part of the end of FBT-year where we had to fish for badges. we had a pretend fishing rod with a magnet on the end of the line. I won a slinky for catching a pretend fish.
Yesterday we had to shoot three small balls up into a minny basketball ring, and I mannaged to get my first one in; I won four Jaw Breakers (otherwise known as Gob stoppers). they were chosen from a lucky dip.
Last night, A, T, Nan and I went over to parents for dinner where Christine and Jack had been staying; in fact, they all got back from a two-night stay at rye.
It was awesome seeing Christine and Jack again after a couple of years.
Parents cooked Lasanga, garlic/herb bread and salad; was lovely. They gave me some left-overs for lunch today which I totally can't wait for; mum's Lasanya is just the best.
So had a lovely chat to them last night and they met Joy of course and loved her. Theyd enjoyed walking Heartly and Ruby along the beach at Rye that morning!
Nan stayed over last night in the new bed dad had set up (finally got rid of the sofa!) She followed me in as far as work just to see where it is, then went on her way.
So glad it's Friday; usual weekend!
Til Next time, RdFreak
P.S. It seems I can now use facebook again; yeah! It wasn't just me that had the problems; all jaws users did thanks to "them" constantly fiddling with the mobile site; we're all getting frustrated with this! *grrr
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2011-02-10 09:37 am
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I love my puppy

Well my Joy has redeemed herself! we had our anual follow-up this morning; walked to the station with Donna watching from her car, occasionally testing Joy's traffic skills, and she was great; Joy was i mean; go Joy!
I had been a bit concerned with Joy's speed lately; it had appeared that she had slowed down a bit from how she use to walk but I've just put it down to when we're in the city and she's a bit more cautious.
So Joy was speeding along this morning; I am so getting back into my walking. have even decided to start walking from B's to the station. I need to get fit again and remain that way.
In other news, Donna gave us O&M to the food court in Melb Central a few weeks ago and we go there all the time now. I discovered a German bakery a few days ago and I'm addicted. The ladies were talking about it and, just by accident, i found it that very same day. Their meat and salad rolls are awesome not to mention their pastries which I need to be better and not have every day; maybe just a treat for fridays.
That's all my news for now.
Oh, I am getting rid of all my casios i bought from ebay as I don't use them. I am only keeping my original PT50 and all the cartridges I'd collected over the years, including the ebay ones. Even though loscha and i no longer talk (am not even sure what happened still but anyway ..) I decided to write to him to give him the first option of buying them since he still collects them, i'd assumed, and i was right.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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2011-02-09 02:15 pm

Movin on up

News flash: I can't seem to use facebook. The mobile version is dodgy. Jaws seems to be pronouncing each link as "same page link" and when i click on them, it just takes me back to the mobile home page,weirdness; ah well.
But on to my subject; the lifts here are brilliant; they not only have the standard braille on the buttons, but they talk and announce each floor.
Like most lifts, they beep when they get to each floor, but I do wish they were louder especially on the ground floor. This building has 40 floors so there are quite a few banks of lifts. I get confused as to which ones are dinging; but I mannage alright.
We have to swipe our pass to get to the 18th floor (my floor) which makes it a bit weird too, and it doesn't beep when it's registered; it'd be nice if it did. ah well; we have it all, well kinda but we always need more. I just want as much access as the sighties, that's all. ah well.
*end of rant* .. for now. :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2011-02-09 09:56 am
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ha, what did i tell ya?

So Im here again. Just started work not long ago actually, and it's fairly quiet compared to usual, so I thought I may use this time to write something else in here.
My work here is extremely different to aNZ. I was never so busy there, even when I was in the head office.
I still had bad memories of Lorraine and still wish I can write to her and say "ha ha, I have a job now where they appreciate me" but I know i just need to get over it and just accept it was one bad experience and move on.
Only last week, M was telling me what a great job I'm doing; so refreshing to be at a place where I am so appreciated.
Anyway, to last weekend: Melbourne has sure had some strange weather; in fact all of australia has really. Queensland had major flooding, as in the worst on record where a few people actually died, and then they experienced their worst Cite Clone where fortunately no-one died.
Then on the weekend, we got the edge of it which just meant flooding in Melbourne; never experienced anything like it. B and I were wading through water up to our knees in the station carpark of Paky; we were sopping. Then it was so bad Saturday that no-one could get in or out for most of the day.
Anyway, i'm wondering if that's why I have this minny coldy thing.
Then Sunday Joy and jarve had decided to have a bit of an adventure without us. We were letting them rompse in the yard when they took off; they'd never done that before; very unusual. They wouldn't even come back to our calls.
We ended up wandering up the street and they had been seen running to golf courses, playing with kids at the bus stop, you name it. A kind neighbour who we spoke to ended up driving them home to us, not before I started imagining every bad thing possible.
Joy was certainly in my bad books all day; she was made to sit by me and not move for a few hours; think she did realize what she did wrong.
Well, that's all for now. even though it is quiet, it is quite a bit harder riting at work because constant interuptions too sometimes make me forget my streams of consciousness, but I def want to keep up to date with this cos I love my LJ, so I shall find the time for sure, even if it means smaller updates because, I do use the internet inbetween times, as the other team members do. They are often glued to the age site whereas for me, it's LJ all the way! Lol
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2011-02-08 04:26 pm

OMG one entry in a month?

Where is my love of writing in my LJ going?
It's not that I don't love it, i jus don't have time these days; what with my work that I'm there 8.5 hours a day and at B's for the weekends etc. And when i do get home to blacky, I am zonked and will listen to Neighbours online that I've missed, eat dinner and crash.Occasionally I have been able to catch neighbours live on my new set-top box I bought a few weeks ago.
Also got a digital radio in Paky a few weeks ago. idea is to see if I can use it at work but haven't had a chance to ask M about it yet.
Everyone here is still lovely.
My technology is almost all there but there is one aspect which isn't quite working yet. i can use everything else, just not the pulse call cue thing; jaws goes a bit spaz when i switch between my remote desktop and that program.
So Michael W has been here prob about half a dozen times since my first and only entry (up til now) for the year.
George from VA has also been here to help me click on unlabeled buttons on the elearning thinggy. By next year, the outsourced company will be required to have it sorted.
Since it's the end of the FBT year, Maxxia have rewarded us with plenty of fun things like popcorn, games with fun prizes and today, a free lunch of a subway meal; they are good to us and I can't complain.
I am also no longer the newest kid on the block as of yesterday. Sophy seems shy, but that's how i was; now I'm not; lol
I am having to drink heaps more water than i use to to prevent headaches; it's weird; I get them so easy now.
I will write in here more often as I use too.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
P.S. I keep up to date with LJ friends page between calls, though this takes me a very long time since it's so busy.
My individual record so far is 501 calls in a day!
P.P.S My health is better in general since B insisted we visit this health food shop so I have better iron tablets, and they do seem stronger.
in saying all this, i think i have a minny cold; not one to hold me down at all, but just one to give me more sneezing fits than my usual annoying alergies, and now, a sore dripping nose.
P.P.P.S. I keep remembering things to add. It's was Miss joy's 3rd birthday yesterday. I will write an entry later about the adventure Joy and her mate had Sunday; not happy Jann!
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2011-01-10 08:26 pm

My first full week of work

OK so this week will be my first full week at Maxxia and this is because there were public holidays contained in last week and the one before.
Friday was the first day I actually took calls on my own with Fran listening, and today I was completely on my own for most of the afternoon and will be this way from now on, except for when Michael W makes a few corrections to the jaws scripts in the program which give me the full access to it all in which case, Fran will prob just sit with me until I get them right. For now I have to just settle with putting callers through to a couple of numbers without asking them for their car registration numbers.
I went on some new iron tablets mid-way through last week and man they have made a difference; I think that combined with actually working as oppose to just listening all day.
Friday morning Donna (from GDV) came out to give me some O& M to a few chosen food places at Melb central so am feeling very confident about it now.
And I stayed over at B's on the weekend as I did for New year's. We went out for Chinese then went back home and just basically waited up for the new year then went to bed.
Happy new year btw.
I am still trying to get to bed early each work night so I can be assured of as much sleep as possible.
Michael W is still working on perfecting jaws so I can actually use my computer to its full potential (at the moment, due to authorisation issues, I haven't been able to use the ult key in conjuncction with any other key; in other words, can't switch programs which has sucked; no email for me though I certainly have an account set up and will have stacks waiting when it all gets sorted out; should be all sorted by the end of this week we're told.
Tomorrow glen H is coming out to do my work place assessment; I want a focus blue braille display; how awesome would that be, but whether we could convince him of that, who knows.
I got told today by Matt that another client of VA is being interviewed wednesday for the other switchboard position that's been advertized. Apparently "they" are so impressed with me, they called up to give someone else a go, so that's nice. Was just thinking before though, it may have been all my fault as I did happen to mention to M (team leader) in passing conversation that a lot of employers get scared off by blindies; woops. ah well.
More as it happens.
til Next Time, RdFreak
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2010-12-29 06:37 pm

My first day at Maxxia

Well, my first day with Maxxia went quite well.
When I arrived, I went up to HR as instructed and met my teamleader (M) up there. Then we went down to my floor where Michael W from vA was working at my desk with jaws. Turns out he was there much of last friday afternoon and he spent much of today there. He had to write scripts, but jaws does work pretty well with the program; still not perfect yet unfortunately but it's good enough for me to make a start. As the I.T. people weren't all there, there are still some authorization issues but there are ways around them for now.
Everyone is so so nice; M (team leader) is lovely and I still find it hard to believe I will no longer be having the bullying issues I did with Lorraine at ANZ. it's just such a relief to know I don't have to feel nervous at all with every move i make.
S bought a bed for Joy, as well as a water bowl; she told me they'd be happy to provide that last week.
I spent much of today listening to calls Fran took; it all makes a lot more sense.
Fran and I went and got a lovely pizza at Melb central at lunch. I told her she was just perfect at explaining everything that was around; all the shops we passed etc. -- I am going to get GDV to come out though and give me some orientation around the food court though cos I think i'd have trouble on my own.
Well, that's about it. am rather tired so an early night for me I think.
I am def feeling heaps better than last week and almost back to normal but I just got to remember to take my tablets and eat healthier than what I have been lately.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2010-12-27 10:19 am
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stuff and meme

So had no-one over yesterday; slept for a couple of hours and am starting to be good about taking my tablets again, even taking multi-vitamins.
I want to be all fit for work so just taking it easy til wednesday when I start.
At this stage, thinking of declining both my new year's invitations as I can't afford to stay up til all hours at the moment considering I'm trying to recover from this thing.
Joy loves her christmas present; cute! :)
anyway, here's a borderline personality meme: Read more... )
Til Next time, RdFreak
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2010-12-24 09:08 am

Merry Christmas eve

wow, two posts in two days? what's going on here? :)
Anyway, last night, I hooked up my m-power to use as a braille display for the first time, and it worked; can't believe it! -- only thing is, I fail to find some of the options I want to configure; like I'm now using grade 2, but I don't want dots 7 and 8 used at all. I turned that option off, plus the highlighting, but it hasn't worked. Also, so far, it's not showing an entire line of text, just a few words; may write to [livejournal.com profile] blindpeople about it.
Going to the shops later to get some last minute christmas stuff, then prob back here before I go to parents. decided I now won't do a show til tomorrow night as Chelle is coming here when I get back from parents. She has no family which is kinda sad.
Now I'm going to call Bret to inform him that I unfortunately won't be able to continue level 2 of woodwork next year, and also to see if I can talk to Michael and find out how he went with the jaws installation yesterday at work.
In case I don't get to it, merry christmas everyone! And as usual, I will be recording the family festivities.
Til Next time, RdFreak