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My Brain is Full

I survived my first day! Woo and hoo.

Mostly, it was the usual introductions and making sure that I had the proper access to things from my computer. But amazingly, considering my propensity for getting freaked out by stuff, I just really stoked. I feel I can do the job they hired me for. Dig my random confidence. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and everything.

Well, I need more fun things for my cube walls (waiting for the printer to get hooked up here again), a new electric kettle (purchased and ready to leave), tissue for my sniffles (purchased and stacked with some mint tea and the kettle), etc. but otherwise I feel good about this.

The rest of the week looks to be more of the same. Meetings and learning stuff. Now, I’d better be off to bed. It’s getting late.

Posted on 9th March 2010
Under: Rambling, Work | 3 Comments »

I Added Gallifrey to My Computer’s Dictionary

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(photo copyright…me!)

Right. Here goes.

I’m done with the five days worth of drugs I needed to take, and mostly things were just fine. (I’m not sure that I’d notice being slightly more emotional than normal, for what it’s worth.) Everything was going along nicely. I’d even remembered to take them on time. And then yesterday morning something very weird happened.

You see, I’ve been feeling a bit extra sluggish of late, and I’ve been having trouble sleeping. I was sort of hoping that was the only reaction I would experience. Then I managed to sit up in bed yesterday morning, all bleary-eyed and unwilling to leave my cocoon of warm flannel sheets, when suddenly I realized there was something wrong with my vision. Trying to figure out what the heck was going on, I glanced over at my hand and realized that I could see a motion blur pattern when I moved my arm. The initial vision problem I’d noticed was caused by motion blur from my frickin’ eyelids when I blinked. I was seeing trails. Like people on acid sometimes do, or so I’m told. On the one hand, it was very interesting. (My hand is here, but still also there!) On the other hand it was a bit freaky, as I had to go to work…which involves driving for at least half an hour. (Yes, vision problems are a rare side-effect of Clomid. Why do you ask?) Luckily, the phenomena was short-lived and only re-appeared long enough for my breakfast preparation to be a bit more entertaining than usual. (Oooo! Cereal trails.)

Let me just say that I’m glad that the drug taking is done for now. On Friday I begin the ever popular “peeing on sticks” portion of this process. When the high-tech stick says that my “surge” has come I call to make the IUI appointment for the next day. Oy. For those of you wondering, my calculations indicate that the procedure should happen on Monday.

In other news:

This weekend we will be driving up the mountain to pick up my MIL. We’re hoping to get a few pictures taken while we are up there. Wish us luck. I hear there’s snow in them thar hills.

And I’ve started another blog. That makes, what…5? It’s another Doctor Who blog, but this time I have help. And It’s not just a blog. Oh, No. It’s really a spot that we can use to host our planned Podcast. You can keep an eye on our silliness at Shadowproclamation.net.

We had another fire alarm at work tonight…right during my Knitting Program (which is not a class, darn it!!!) So we all huddled together for about ten minutes in the chilly darkness outside. Also? Still no idea what is causing these alarms.

And that’s about it. As you were.

Posted on 18th December 2008
Under: Infertility, Rambling, Work | 3 Comments »

Argh!

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(My brother let me borrow one of his pictures. Yay for his photography!)

I was up at my Parents’ place on Saturday to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. This year the celebrating involved eating at a place that let me try new food. For the record? Tapas is made of tasty. I think the place was called “Tapa the World.” Bad puns immediately warm me to a place, you know? After some initial awkwardness (grumble) everything went along swimmingly. Once again, my parents’ choice to buy a minivan after I moved out makes sense. We managed to fit all seven of us into one vehicle. Good thing, too, as I am not a fan of driving in Downtown Sacramento. Lovely evening. We drove home much later than we like to, normally, but no matter.

And then I woke up on Sunday morning and I wanted to die. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit…but not much. Can you say “The Cold From Hell?” I took a NyQuil in the middle of the day, I felt that wretched. And then I had to go to work today, complete with my so very attractive coughing up of hairballs. Sigh.

Just call me Germ Warfare and don’t make me come over there and ask you to keep it down. I swear I’ll breathe on you.

Yep, we are down people this week, so my boss couldn’t really complain about my presence. Which was the reason I was there in the first place. That and my lack of sick leave. Yay fun.

Also? As of this writing, it seems that my body has decided to screw up my schedule for the month. Today was supposed to be “Day 1″ but now it looks like tomorrow will have that distinction.

Now, go take your vitamin C.

Posted on 8th December 2008
Under: Health, Infertility, Work | 4 Comments »

Tomorrow Morning…and Today

Today we had the fire alarm go off at work again. One moment I was sitting there surfing Twitter for my Friday post on the work blog, and the next we have the lights and the warning bells. Last time I forgot a few things.

This time, I was ready. I grabbed my bag, my purse, my cell phone…and Sasha. Yes, as before I couldn’t let my favorite puppet burn. I mean, really. She’s such a cute little black and white puppet cat. I’m sure she enjoyed the change of scenery, hanging out in my bag next to the miso soup mix.

Now, you’d think that I would experience computer withdrawal being away from my computer like that. Not so! I just pulled out my cell phone and texted a note to Twitter about the Fire Alarm. Okay, I’m not actually that addicted to the computer…much, but I quite enjoy the text to Twitter feature. Especially in situations like that.

So, we waited. They checked out the building then let us back in. (Great response time from the Fire Department this time, by the way.) It turns out that it was a faulty alarm. Apparently dust can get in there and cause this. Oy. I’m glad that it wasn’t a real fire. Bleh.

Tomorrow morning I’m off to the hospital to sign my form, pick up paperwork, and talk to the nurse. All before work. One more thing to check off of my list.

…And come to think of it…I’m not sure when I work tomorrow. I was told 11-8, but that can’t be right. Normally I work 10:15-6:15. I guess that would make it 12:15-8:15? I hope so. I’d better give them a call when I get up.

Posted on 18th November 2008
Under: Infertility, NaBloPoMo, Work | No Comments »

IL 2008 Day 2, Part 1 or Please Connect!

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[tag]Internet Librarian[/tag] 2008: Day 2, Part 1

What do you know? I actually managed to catch the free breakfast this morning. There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but here there is free breakfast. I didn’t even fall asleep in the keynote speech…but I did manage to burn my hand on my bagel. Oh, well. It helped me to wake up. (It’s a darn good thing that I’m fond of slightly burned bread. That toaster was turned up to eleven or something. Luckily a curl of smoke alerted me to the plight of my burning breakfast confection.)

This morning’s keynote speech was by Danny Sullivan on the topic of Search Engines. What did I learn? Well…mostly that Google is at the top of the heap. Don’t bother trying to knock it off its perch of King of the Hill for at least a few more years. Cuil.com is the most recent newcomer to try climbing Google’s hill, and it wasn’t well received. (I’ve been there, and I am not fond of the layout. You can check out my search on Alexander Key here.)

Apparently, the way to make a name for yourself in the Search Engine market is to go for the niche, as with Twitter Search. Choose one thing and really own it. Want some examples? (for a more thorough list try here.)

A few “Google Killerettes”:
*Urbanspoon.com – helps you find restaurants in your area. I just went on and reviewed my favorite Indian place. (Their chai is beyond fab.)
* Eventful.com – allows you to search for events in your area. I’ve just discovered that I can go see Peter Pan this coming January.
* Gasbuddy.com – lets you find cheap gas in your area. (It looks like the gas prices on my corner have gone down $.06 since I left to come to the conference.)
and
* VideoSurf.com – obviously, this tool allows you to search for videos.

The real issue with these small specific search engines is remembering about them. (Which was the one that did that thing?) Do you have a favorite wee search engine?

Once the keynote speech was over, we had a chance to go to the exhibit hall. I must admit that I displayed a remarkable lack of interest in the exhibits. Sorry folks. The two exceptions were LibraryThing (which I adore, but was so busy I couldn’t get close enough to talk to the folks.) and San Jose SLIS (a.k.a. my alma mater. It seems that they’ve figured out how to create a Ph.D. program. This intrigues me. I actually got to talk to the folks here. They gave me a pen. I love pens.) There was quite the line for the Internet Cafe, but even though my poor laptop still lurked in my room, I passed it by. I even ignored the coffee. (No. Don’t faint with shock.)

I turned resolutely for the room which contained the Learning Track…where I spent the rest of the day. (Except for a couple of breaks here and there.) I learned all kinds of things (and terribly missed having my laptop with me) but I’ll talk about all that in the next post. The important thing for me here is…

I’ve figured out how to use Twitter from my phone!
(Hey! I saw you roll your eyes.) Now I can keep everyone updated with random tweets. I’m sure you are all thrilled about this, because you want to read things like, “Lunch at the Seafood Cafe. Nice view.”

Ah. But tomorrow? Tomorrow I will have my laptop with me. If you hear the sound of a TARDIS materializing, it’s probably me. If I can get a connection (and the computer doesn’t freeze) I may even try posting during a session.

Here’s hoping for a connection.

Posted on 22nd October 2008
Under: Cat, Library, Link, Work | 1 Comment »

IL 2008 Day 1, Part 2 or Links, Links Everywhere

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Watching people watch the fish…

Are you ready for more?

No?

Well…come back later, then. The rest of Internet Librarian 2008 day one will be waiting for you. You others still with me? Good. Let’s move on, shall we?

Lots of Links:

From the rest of the day I mostly have a whole bunch of cool websites, etc. So, here they are. Feel free to take a break when your brain gets full. I did.

Greg Notess from Searching Conversations put me wise to:

Twitter Search. It allows you to search Twitter for keywords. For example, #il2008 will get you this. All sorts of search possibilities with this one.

And the slightly creepy Spokeo which allows you to search by a friend’s e-mail address to see things they’ve uploaded in public space. This can include Amazon.com wishlists, your profile on facebook (if you haven’t set it to private), recently uploaded pictures on flickr, etc. If you want to sign up and see what is on there about you, I recommend that you sign up for a new gmail account and use that to sign up. Still don’t think it’s a bit creepy?

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This is a picture of my sister and brother (it was used as part of a surprise for a birthday party a few years back). My sister posted it on one of her social media sites, and Spokeo brought it right up. Luckily, in her case, I know that she is very careful to read the privacy settings on everything. So, she probably won’t kill me for posting this here. It just gives one pause, does it not? (Aren’t they cute?)

Right. Moving on.

Jason Clark & Tim Donahue from Search Widgets & Gadgets for Libraries told us about iGoogle. I’ve only just created mine, but it looks like there are all sorts of things you can do with it.

The engaging Steven Cohen (his presentation) offered us some Tips for Keeping Up:

(He was even ready for technical issues, quipping: “Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic. RSS feeds are neither Really Simple nor Syndicated. Discuss.”)

Apart from various Firefox extensions of coolness, there were:
WatchthatPage.com lets you know when a site has been updated.
Page2RSS allows you to get an RSS feed for sites that do not offer one.
Invisible Auctions which lets you search for misspelled auctions on eBay. You know. The ones no one is bidding on, because they can’t find them.
and
CiteBite.com which allows you to link to a certain part of a website, so you don’t have to say “Okay. Go here and scroll down halfway…” It looks like this: http://pages.citebite.com/b9l0c7b2nnfk
Now you can say “check this out.” And folks can follow the link and find the part you’re talking about highlighted.

There you are. The good parts version of the day, just like with The Princess Bride. And just think of all those travel expenses you saved.

Well, I’m off to bed so I can do it all again tomorrow. Night all!

Posted on 20th October 2008
Under: Library, Link, Photo, Work | 5 Comments »

IL 2008 Day 1, Part 1 or My Brain is Full…

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My lovely hotel room where I lurk.

I’ve survived the first day of [tag]Internet Librarian 2008[/tag]! (And now I’m hiding in my room like the hermit I am. Did you know that channel 14 is the all jellyfish channel here? Well, it is. There’s a loop of footage from the Aquarium that you may watch endlessly if you wish. It’s quite soothing, really.)

It should be noted, however, that my brain is now full. Obviously I need to dump some of that information into a post for you all. You’re so very shocked by this aren’t you?

This is my first time attending Internet Librarian, and so far I’ve been doing pretty well. Mostly. This morning I actually heard my alarm go off! Mind you, I then had to pick up the alarm clock and stare at it for a minute to figure out how to shut the thing off. I managed to get ready and out of my room even faster than anticipated…then, not knowing that the conference offers a free continental breakfast, I proceeded to eat what is probably the most expensive breakfast of my life to this point.

Also? The strawberries were terrible. Bleh. Seriously. Someone out there is likely to be haunted by the shade of my strawberry-loving grandfather for this one.

I registered, got my bag o’ stuff (another tote bag. yay!), and made it to the spot for the opening keynote speech in plenty of time. (Apparently there are folks here from 48 states, The District of Columbia, and 13 countries. At least that’s what we were told.) The keynote speech really fired me up for this conference. [tag]Howard Rheingold[/tag] certainly knows his stuff. (Psst! Em, he teaches at Stanford.) He’s recently been interested in the concept of “collective action” and has written a book on Smart Mobs. Other topics in that vein that he touched on were: distributed computing (as seen with my favorite SETI@home), Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (a marketplace for Human Intelligence Tasks that is new to me), and Social Media Classroom (which I need to spend more time looking at.) And just to prove Mr. Rheingold’s coolness factor I offer you the fact that he paints his shoes.

Right now I’m hoping that he posts the slides from his presentation somewhere so that I can check out the stuff I missed. I’ve already gone and “followed” him on Twitter. I’m all Web 2.0 like that.

I noticed one other thing once the coffee finally kicked in this morning. There were so many people with laptops in the room for the keynote speech that it occasionally sounded like it was raining outside. Sadly, my laptop lurked alone in my room in all of its pink and occasionally freezing up splendor. I wasn’t missing out on too much, though, as there wasn’t a proper internet connection in the room. That’s right. No WiFi at the Internet Librarian keynote. (I hear that the situation got better in some of the other meeting rooms…but not in that one.)

After the keynote I wandered off to a presentation that bored me silly. Bad choice on my part. Suffice to say that it turns out I can stay awake for forty-five minutes at a stretch, even if my brain resolutely refuses to absorb any of a lecture, as long as I have a pen and paper with which to amuse myself.

Things got better after that…

Posted on 20th October 2008
Under: Library, Link, Photo, Travel, Work | 2 Comments »

Yesterday…at work.

I’ll try to keep this vague, ’cause I’m talking about work, but…

Yesterday when I was on the desk there was a disturbance before the Security Guard arrived. So one of my co-workers went to deal with it and I went with her as back-up.

It turned out that all of the shouting and swearing was the result of a misunderstanding where are rules were concerned. The situation was diffused, and apologies were offered. (My co-worker is good at this stuff, thank goodness, as I am actually rubbish at confrontations.) But the situation left me thinking the following:

1) When I get angry I do stupid things. The way-taller-than-me angry guy seemed to be having the same problem.

2) I distinctly remember being in High School and coming to the sudden realization that people often don’t realize that they are bugging you. It’s best to discuss the situation with them *before* attacking. Often, the situation can be resolved in this way before you break a ring off of your finger trying to hit the person sitting behind you with their feet on the bottom rung of your chair. Not that I ever did that. No. Look! It’s the Goodyear Blimp!

3) I still have really bad nerves. After we were done I wanted to go curl up somewhere quiet for a few hours. Not that I could. I just wanted to.

Ugh.

Posted on 30th April 2008
Under: Work | 2 Comments »

Not loving the new version of WordPress

So, it’s a darn good thing I haven’t upgraded over here. Today have been frustrating and frazzling and…other things starting with “f.”

It all started when I left my insurance card at home. Luckily, my follow up with the OB/GYN went well, and I now have all sorts of tests and such to look forward to. (Eek!) But, once we (yes, the Hubby has to go get tests done too) get those tests out of the way, then we’ll finally know where we stand. So, I have some phone calls to make soon.

I made it to work on time. And then I spent the first couple of hours at work peeved with the new interface for my work blog. The image interface now makes code that I have to clean up. And…it wouldn’t give me the picture I chose. I turned in a support ticket to the WordPress folks, who are probably tired of hearing about problems with their new product, but there you are. And then…there were some of those patron interactions that I hate. Luckily there were also some of the good ones to balance them out.

When I got home I got some hugs and took a shower, so I’m happier than I was. Thank goodness.

Tomorrow includes: A Cat going to the vet, Me getting the finances in order later in the day, and some time to work on my T13 at work. Isn’t my life glamorous?

Posted on 7th April 2008
Under: Infertility, Library, Work | 2 Comments »

ACL20…week 3 exercises #5

Well, wouldn’t you know it. I got busy/lazy and thus way behind in that Web 2.0 thing for work. Then, my laptop up and croaked, effectively causing all sorts of problems. I’ve had a flickr account for quite some time already. Mostly…it’s made up of pictures of cats. And that one pic of my red shoes. I’ll see if I can figure out how to access and upload pics from this Linux Laptop I’m borrowing. Hmmmm…

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ha HA! I did it. Talk about workarounds. I had to use the Windows VM on the Linux laptop to manage this. Meh. I can’t set up the “blogging tool” as my WordPress account is server side.

Posted on 1st March 2008
Under: Blogs, Work | No Comments »