So we’re about halfway through the productive part of my day; when I’m able to do things my way, I tend to come to life in the late afternoon and work well into the wee hours. I spent the better part of the morning messing about online, dozing, and being a crazy cat lady. The evening has been dedicated to domestic goddesshood, and swearing at various items in my home – my drill, my drill bits, the 2x4s I was attempting to drill, the staple gun, the staples from the staple gun, the mop, the washing machine, the closet door… You get the idea. While the end result isn’t yet my ideal, my room has been moved around enough to make it feel like a new space with new energy, and I have brand new pretty bedding to climb in under when I get there. I may forgo my matzoh ball soup because I’m just not feelin’ attacking the rest of the kitchen, but I did a little bit in each room and am feeling good about that.
To keep my lil brain occupied while I mopped and moved and swore and danced around the apartment, I started listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Coine, narrated by Wil Wheaton. In order to take advantage of the audiobook download from the library (the San Francisco Public Library – yes, I renewed my card two days before I left the city so I could access their eLibrary for another 4 years. Stop judging me), I had to bite the bullet and hook up my PC, since I’m still running OS X on my Mac Mini and the required version of OverDrive Media Console needs an Intel-based operating system. I couldn’t find the flippy button thingie for my Belkin Flip – and the flippy button thingie is kind of the important part – so I just swapped my peripherals over for the time being. I use a Windows machine at work, but I still keep getting that damned “Alert” noise all the freaking time because when I’m at this desk, I’m accustomed to my Mac keyboard shortcuts. Windows doesn’t like “alt-v” very much. I also can’t get my mouse buttons to operate the same way they do on OS X, which is endlessly annoying; I try to scroll down a page and end up with pop-up warnings: “You have unsaved changes, are you sure you want to navigate away from this page?” No, stupidhead, I just wanna read the next freaking paragraph! Scroll already!!! I need to set up home sharing in iTunes on this machine and see if I can get the audiobook onto my phone so I can go back to my sluggish and obsolete but beloved baby Mac. Until my patience for trial and error computer nonsense has been replenished and my ass has stopped complaining about my hours sitting at my desk, however, I will survive on the PC. Thankfully, the book is pretty rad so far, so it seems to have been worth the hassle.
I also finished my reread of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak this morning. I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough to absolutely anyone and everyone, and find myself with a renewed passion for both reading and writing with every page. Writers like Zusak are the reason I am a voracious reader, and an aspiring writer. I may never be a bestselling novelist, but I know I am able to wield words in a unique way, and I want to hone that gift and turn it into a true craft.
And on that note…
Today’s lead: Nothing new – I didn’t get around to my AWAI links yet, and that’s okay. Today was about the physical space aspect.
Today’s home office prep step: Two things: last night, Melissa gave me the perfect last piece of the logo puzzle, so it’s all done but the actual creation of the artwork. I’m excited about it! Also, see above.
Today’s brainstorm: Year-end is a good time for best-of lists; I’ve been collecting tweets on WordPress widgets, SEO tips, and other useful collections of data I can use some or all or none of as I build the site and my network.
So now that I’ve regaled you with a blow-by-blow of my day, why don’t you tell me something good. I think we could all use that tonight, and every night, really.