April Fools… for Zack

I always come up with a good April Fools joke for my family. This April 1st I was down here with my sister and her kids. I still am even. I want to go home. I want to have my own computer and have a long, hot shower and use too much conditioner and scour my body with the bath brush. I’m not dirty, just oily skin.

Anyway, I did help Zack with April Fools. He didn’t quite get the finese of the master April Fools joke but he was happy with his ‘pranks’. I do think he watches too much really dense American TV. I even got him to call Grandma who is in Florida still. He put on a fake accent which was better than I expected he could do it. I wonder if my Mom (his Grandma) caught on or not. He didn’t say April Fools at the end and he wouldn’t call back to leave another message saying April Fools.

Not much going on. Not with the car anyway. I am so… so… so… tired of this, for lack of more descriptive and less polite words. In three weeks I still have not gotten the emissions done. I am driving around at risk of being caught without a valid sticker/ license plate which would mean a hefty ticket for me to pay. Next time I will not ask for help or advice. I will not phone anyone. I will get the thing done in January, just to have it done before anyone even begins to give me advice about how to get it done.

Too bad this wasn’t an April Fools joke.

It’s Thursday

Two days of wall to wall kids and I think I have come to a new conclusion on the whole thing about being childless. It’s not all bad. I love the kids but I really can’t stand to hear any more whining and bawling, other than my own. I think she spoils them but wouldn’t bother to tell her that. Anyone without kids is not really allowed to speak up about the parenting skills of their siblings. Even if we are right and giving a three year old girl everything just to avoid hearing her pitch a fit is… impractical. Having her to myself I picked her up from in front of the computer and hauled her up to bed. She hadn’t got dressed all day, never brushed her hair and then at dinner time she decided she would leave to play on the computer. I gave her the choice of going to bed or eating dinner. She picked dinner oddly enough.

After some screaming everthing was fine. I let her come back downstairs and we carried on with dinner. I don’t think there would be this kind of senseless drama if she were used to having some rules. Letting a kid do everything they want and not having rules is stupid. No wonder people can’t control their kids. I’ve seen kids get angry and whack their Mothers. The Mother’s don’t do anything about it, just whine. How stupid. I don’t even let Zack yell at me, if he ever dreamed of hitting me I’d haul him off to think about it in the nearest, dark, quiet closet.

I think I am leaving tonight, depending on when my sister gets back from her trip to Niagara Falls. On Friday I absolutely must drive out to Barrie and deliver the business proposal.

I’m not typing much now. This is my nephew’s computer. He seems to have the crappiest computer that has ever made it past the doors of this computer fantasy of a house. Typing with this is like using an antique typewriter. If I don’t pound the life out of each key I end up missing letters and not having any spaces between my words. I miss my nice black, dusty keyboard at home.

See you!


The world is exciting and crazy. I wish you could all be inside my head to see it. 🙂

A lot happened today. I just wrote a long email and will put that in here (slightly edited) so you can hear about my good day. 🙂

Good Morning… or Afternoon now 🙂

I have been having a marvellous day!

I woke up feeling good, usually I do. I had an idea for an article right off the bat while I was thinking about making coffee. I wrote down a few lines cause I usually forget those great ideas. Then, I decided I wanted to get out for the morning. So I treated myself to breakfast at a little place on the other side of town, Sara’s. It’s a pretty good breakfast, comes with GOOD coffee too.

I mentioned to the server that all the papers I had spread over the table were for staring up a business of my own. She said something nice and disappeared. She came back and said that Sara (the owner of the catering company/ restaurant would talk with me about it if I liked). That was SO AWESOME! I can’t believe how nice some people are just out of the blue. Both the server and Sara.

So, after I had breakfast she came over and we talked about half an hour. She told me to go to Nottawasaga Futures in town. They will help me with all the business/ financial paperwork, for free even. I had heard of Futures but forgot with so much in my head these days. Anyway, I decided I would save all the paperwork on a disk today and take it over to Futures tomorrow. Friday I have to go into Barrie for the Orientation where they are going over the paperwork with us if we need extra help. It will all work out so perfectly. 🙂

So now I don’t even feel quite so intimidated by the financial business side of all of this. Today I am going to focus on the things I do know and polish those aspects of the application/ proposal. I need to find customer and competition analysis but I should be able to use contacts online and websites from the competition to get that done. I also want to write out all my promotion ideas in one place. Right now they are notes scribbled all over the place.

Then, when I left Sara’s it started snowing. That really nice sloppy, wet snow. I like it, not great for driving in but it’s happy looking and not cold and miserable. So, I went into Zellers, I wanted to find a watering can for my Mom’s plants. I never did find one of those but I did browse in the computer section (of course) and found a USB hub which was marked down. I opened the box for a look and it was fine inside, everything there. I kept my reciept in case there is something wrong, maybe it was dropped or whater. The box was tapped up a bit but not bashed around too badly. A USB is what you plug in your scanner, digital camera and etc into the computer to have them work together. It is a nuisance to unplug one to plug in the other. You have to let the computer know you are unplugging them and then I usually restart the computer with the new one plugged in. With a hub I can leave the scanner and camera connections there. Plus they won’t be stuck at the back of the computer. I never like moving the tower/ brain around more than I have to.

But, that’s not even all the good stuff that happened today. 🙂

I went to check the mail on the way back. When I was looking through it (in addition to bills and junk) there was a letter from my Mom. She wrote a nice letter and finally someone acknowledged that the dork staying in the basement and not paying his rent should get out. I’ve been asking them to tell him to leave since December. I don’t see why it’s up to me to be the bad guy about bitching at him to pay his agreed upon rent.

Anyway, Mom’s letter to me included another letter for Peter, telling him to get out. She said it nicely of course. But get out is still get out. She left it up to me about giving him the letter or waiting to see if he will pay something for January.

Creeping World Domination

Another old post from the vanished column. I’m posting this so I have something to do while I finish my coffee. I’m finishing my coffee so I can go to bed. I’m going to bed so I won’t go downstairs and get a snack. I’m hungry tonight but I don’t want to swallow the fly. Do you remember that old kid’s song? There was an old lady, who swallowed a fly… I don’t know why she swallowed that fly, perhaps she’ll die… Poor old woman. She probably ran out of coffee.

Creeping World Domination
Monday August 13, 2001

I don’t like bugs or frogs and toads. I can sort of tolerate mice but not rats. Yuck!

I don’t begrudge them some space on this Earth but not near me. Don’t hop out at me suddenly and make me scream. Don’t fly into my face when we are picnicking outdoors. Don’t litter the car windows and lights when we’re on a trip. Don’t bite me or even think of stinging me. Don’t crawl on me when I’m swimming in the pool. I don’t care if they are trying to save themselves from drowning. Keep out of the pool, blast them.

It doesn’t surprise me at all that bugs will be the last to survive. They will be crawling over carrion long after I’m forgotten. They like it, or don’t know any better. Either way they are welcome to it, I sure don’t want a piece.

Some bugs I will try to save from the pool. Ladybugs eat other bugs, so they get a chance to be rescued. Toads are especially creepy in the pool. Some hide under the ladder and its only when I’m on my fourth lap that I notice one swimming beside me. Ick!! I save toads from the pool only because they and their froggy friends seem to be in short supply. Spiders also get saved. Not only do they eat bugs but their webs are pretty when I manage to avoid walking into them.

I’ve seen bugs pinned to bristol board in display cupboards at the museum. I felt a twinge of sympathy for them. After all it couldn’t have been a very nice way to die. But, it does give me a chance to actually look at them before they scurry away. Some are quite pretty in their own creepy little way. I’m not thinking of just the butterflies. They get far more attention than they are worth.

Still, I don’t like bugs. I don’t forgive the silverfish I found on my pillow as a kid. I don’t forget the cockroaches who tried to take over my kitchen in my first apartment. I still shiver thinking of the rat the girl I used to babysit had as a pet. She let it crawl on her! I had to ask her to keep it locked in its cage while I was there.

Right now there’s a moth the size of an elephant lurking behind the door. It flew in when I turned on the computer. Whipping a towel at it didn’t discourage it. I know its just waiting for me to turn off the light so it can attack. Damn those bugs!

Kind of an Off Day

There are so many things I want to do: ezine publishing, book writing, column writing, blogging, web design, blog templates, web comics, ASCII art, pixel art, writing in general, and I’m forgetting a few dozen other things.

It’s great to have interests, it’s good to have ambition but somehow you need focus and discipline along with creativity and inventiveness.

So, I’m working on the focus and discipline. Today wasn’t a great day for them. I did get some of the things done, the errands but the most important errand was left too late, the bank was closed earlier than I hoped. I told myself I would get the front page of my site done and uploaded and I have not started that. So bad, bad me.
I told the guy who isn’t paying the rent that he has to leave. That was a big deal, couldn’t totally get it out of my mind all day. He re-promised (much like regurgitated worms, leaves a bad taste and stinks too) that he would pay. He will catch up for December this week, he’s apparently decided he can skip November and October. I wonder where January fits in for him. Anyway, he also said “it’s not up to you!!!” With “you” being underlined heavily and all those exclamation points. Now, that just pissed me off. Buddy burned his last bridge when I read that.

I may drive out to see my brother tomorrow, he left a message that he needs some typing and computer set up help. While I’m there I will get official authorization for buddy who wants to continuing ripping us off. Then, I plan to tell buddy he can pack up and get out on the spot. No time to find somewhere else to go, time is up.

Anyway, I did go to the big Chapters bookstore today when I had my driving around day. So nice to go there and see what’s new in books. I looked at books about drawing (cartoons, manga and drawing in general), writing (though I didn’t see anything new there) and of course every single computer related book. I bought the latest issue of Broken Pencil. It’s their 10th anniversary this issue.

Now, it’s almost 8:00 and I can spend an hour on CSS and then I will go down to watch Medium on TV. I like Ghost Whisperer on Friday too but Medium is better. Maybe it’s cause she’s not a girl (she’s married with kids) and maybe it’s cause her life just looks more real rather than sugar coated for TV. I didn’t watch it before cause I don’t usually watch horror, especially anything to do with ghosts. But, my Mom got me hooked while she was up here, in the off season for snowbirds.

Starting the Long Trek to CSS

I bought the book, I skimmed the book, I thought I can’t really do all this. Then I kicked myself in the behind and got started.

I tried FrontPage but discovered it does not like CSS. Even when I hand coded a very simple page it does not display it right. I checked it by loading the same saved page to Firefox. Firefox shows it just fine, everything where it should be. FrontPage does not co-operate.

I downloaded Alleycode and I can edit the code there. I still have to use Firefox as my wysiwyg preview. Kind of annoying but I can manage. Still, why doesn’t it work on FrontPage? My FrontPage isn’t THAT old, FP 2000. Next time I’m out at a computer related store I want to see what the latest FrontPage can do, does it mention CSS layouts and design abilities.

Meanwhile I will miss FrontPage but it seems to have become obsolete in the quest for CSS.