My last entry was pretty somber. It was good to have a busy weekend to help gain a little distance form the immediacy of a crisis. Extra sleep helps too. Today at school was pretty much back to the normal variety of teenage angst, with some kids a bit older and wiser than they were a few days ago. And some kids just as flaky as ever.
So back to our regularly scheduled broadcast....What knitterly happenings can I tell you about?
- The fluted bannister sock that is so close to completion, only my toes would suffer if I wore them today.
- The second mitten that is still just a few rows of cuff and nothing more.
- Mom's Antarctica Jacket that is ready to pick up stitches for the sleeves, if I could manage a bloc of time to just do it.
- The new scarf I've started out of the Diamist, which is so beautiful, I will hate giving it up, but it is intended as a gift for a person I really value, so I will.
There, I've told you all my knitting news. I am in constant conflict between needing to knit, and needing to get fully competent on the new computer, and needing to get serious about the upcoming holidays, (which for me actually start tomorrow night, and which I am completely unprepared for) and needing to nap. (Especially needing to nap. Sleep is in short supply lately.)
And speaking of the new computer, I am experiencing a high level of technology stress. Whoever said Macs were more intuitive than Windows? Nothing works the same way as Windows, or Microsoft, and I'm sure eventually that will be just fine. But here I am, a pretty savvy techie person all these years, and now I don't know how to do anything. The online help is kind of sketchy to me, and I just haven't had time to sit down with the Dummies manuals and look up every little thing.
Yesterday the problem of the day was cds getting stuck in the Superdrive slot. Yes, I know how to eject a cd. No, it didn't work. Yes, I looked it up in the Mac Help, and it gave me three things to try. Rebooting and holding the mouse button down worked just fine the first time a cd got stuck. The second time, none of the three worked. So I spent 45 minutes with an Apple tech online. That also accomplished nothing, and after 20 minutes, I think my techie went out for a beer, because he just stopped responding to me. Finally, I quit because it was already way past bedtime. I gave the eject button on the keyboard one last pass just for the heck of it. And out popped the cd. I didn't know whether to spank it or kiss it.
Today's problem has been dealing with IPhoto. First I tried to import some pictures using a card reader. It seems my Mac won't read that particular cardreader. Okay, find the original box the camera came in, dig out the USB connector, connect it. Nothing happens. Okay, try reading directions. Hey, that worked. Now my photos are in the library ready to be edited. They don't need much attention, just rotate, crop, and resize. Resize? Is that possible in IPhoto? I thought I figured out how, by using the custom toolbar and inserting the pixel size I wanted. But once I did that, nothing happens. I don't know where to go from there. And...sing it with me, everyone.....I don't have time to look it up in the Dummies manual! I'm inclined to think I can't resize in IPhoto. And I don't have any other software yet. I see a trip to CompUSA in my immediate future.
In the meantime, I can't show you pictures of the free lace materials I have acquired, or the Freeform Knitting and Crocheting book I have acquired, or the lovely Diamist scarf in progress. Or anything.
And speaking of free lace, now I need a sewing machine. I HATE SEWING. So I sold my perfectly good sewing machine in a garage sale a couple of years ago. And now I want it back. Does anyone have experience with those Sewing Genie thingies? The ones that do just straight stitching? At very modest cost? Anyone know if they actually work?
Bear with me, Faithful Readers. I will get pictures back here soon. Somehow. Bear with me, Faithful Readers. I will stop whining about my frustrations soon. Someday.
Hey, I probably won't be back here tomorrow night, so Happy Hanukah to those of you who have the menorah ready to light. I will celebrate my first night of Hanukah by going to an Imax movie about Vikings (I get free passes....pays to be an educator after all), and then going to the local knit-in. Or napping. I can't tell you how I'm going to celebrate the second night because it's a surprise for my sweetie, and occasionally he does read this blog. The other six nights....haven't gotten that far in my planning. I think this year I will just celebrate the winter solstice (now what is there to celebrate about winter?) and leave it at that.
P.S. One definite positive about the Mac: I have NO junk mail. None. It's eerie. Wow.
P.P. S. If this works, you'll see a picture here. No big deal....just the Free Lace paper. Doesn't look like much now, but wait till you see what I make with it.
It works!!! Chey, I love you.