March 27th, 2003

tired

Letting the Fox Guard the Henhouse?

Well, just like last time I worked on a software development project, I seem to have been basically given the documentation and now the idea is that I am coming up with the interface on my own. Quite odd, in my opinion, given that I basically have way less background on this application than the people who wrote the document, not to mention it's not like I ever studied application development or anything. So basically I have VISIO open and am doing flowcharts so I can start on the main page and a few sub-pages, which is all we need for now. Anyway, I just keep chuckling at how strange it is that they let me do this stuff. Not that I'm going to do a bad job, it's just a lot of faith to place, lol. Then again, last time I was left to design an *accounting* application, where I had even less clue, and it turned out awesome.

In other news, Caleb's mom called me this morning to pass on that he's arrived in Germany. Apparently he called her from the Dortmund airport. I don't remember exactly what he told me (he'd been babbling plans for a week or more) but I think he was going to have to wait there a couple of hours before Marja's mom was going to be able to let him in the apartment. He was planning on spending his time shopping at the H&M across from the station :)

Oh, and meanwhile I finally got my hair looking how I like it -- basically how it looks in my default icon here. The trick was taking a bath around midnight, getting almond bath oil in my hair, rinsing but not washing it, then sleeping in it. When I woke up it was so cool looking I took a shower with my shower cap on. It's standing up all over and at the front there is this really cool platinum highlight. Anybody know if there's a way to get that totally tousled look some other way? I think I will make it a regular practice.
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Cobweb

I love when Caleb gets all incoherent

Just got this email, apparently written in an Internet cafe. This is what happens when Caleb is super tired, gets his language all mixed up and tries to use a German keyboard (for those who don't know, they are slightly differnent, with the W in the middle, lol):

Hi:

I MADE IT SAFETZ TO DORTMUND AND IÄM NOW LOITERING AROUND UNTIL MARJAÄS MOM GETS HOME IN AN HOUR: THE FLIGHT WAS UNEVENTFUL; BUT THE ONE FROM FRANKFURT TO DORTMUND WAS VERZ BUMPZ AND SCARZ:

AS YOU HAVE NOTICED; IÄM NOT GOING TO TRZ TO DO THIS WHOLE TZPING ON A GERMANZ KEZBOARD THING; SO THE LETTERS ARE ALL SCREWED UP:

IÄM SO TIRED AND HUNGRZ: I DIDNÄT SLEEP AT ALL ON THE FLIGHT BECAUSE IT WAS TOO HOT ON THE PLAIN: ITÄS ACTUALLZ RATHER NICE HERE - WARM; BUT NOT NASTZ AND HOT: VERZ SPRINGTIME:

I AM AMAZED WITH THE TURN EURO CLOTHING HAS TAKEN. It reallz is hard to define, but I can saz that i have seen manz skirts made of strips of fabric that are reallz long in the back and short in the front ß shelf like and lots of eze makeup.

well, iäm going to start walking to marjaäs house.

love,

caleb
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sideview, obamame_sideview

He's like a mosquito

Even when he is thousands of miles away, Caleb is still buzzing in my ear! He just emailed me AGAIN. This time his English is much better. I suspect he must have found some food, although he says he can't find a bathroom. He says his German is improving and he talked to a Turkish janitor. I am so happy he realizes it's not difficult :)
Cobweb

A-Z

Stolen from mevinan, who took it from somebody else and darn I know this is a cliche but...

A - Act your age? No, I act like cross between an awkward teenager and somebody's grandma.
B - Born on what day of the week? I kind of think it was Thursday, like 11:50 p.m.
C - Chore you hate? Cleaning the floors.
D - Dad's name? Dick
E - Essential makeup item? Bright red lipstick
F - Favorite actor? Johnny Depp (well, today)
G - Gold or silver? Silver or hell, chrome is OK too
H - Hometown? Andover, Massachusetts
I - Instruments you play? Flute, piano
J - Job title? Contract Web Developer
K - Kids? No
L - Living arrangements? Condo, alone
M - Mom's name? Hannah
N - Number of people you've slept with? Either just sleeping or otherwise, maybe 4 or 5.
O - Overnight hospital stays? None
P - Phobia? Making phone calls, standing on balconies, having somebody behind me as I go up the stairs,
Q - Quote you like? The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity. (This was my high school yearbook quote and DAMN if it doesn't apply to the situation these days...)
R - Religious affiliation? Raised Methodist, now I am my own guru
S - Siblings? 3 sisters, 1 brother, all way older than me
T - Time you wake up? 7ish (although I tend to wake at 6 or 6:30 for no reason, then fall asleep again)
U - Unique habit? Hard to pick just one... I guess the fact I reread books over and over and over, just randomly opening to pages and reading
V - Vegetable you refuse to eat? Radishes are pretty nasty, I like almost everything else though
W - Worst habit? Procrastination
X - X-rays you've had? Very severe case of pneumonia in high school, they showed me the X-ray and my lungs were like... Yuck! Also had one the time my brother squashed my finger in the door.
Y - Yummy food you make? My vegetarian Shepherd's Pie kicks butt
Z - Zodiac Sign? Virgo
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Thiede

This is a good thing

Well, I have to say, lately I have been very, very impressed with how much easier it is to set up and learn new gadgets. Used to be* everything was a huge pain in the ass, whether you were a newbie or an ueber-geek -- bad tech manuals, nightmarish installations, weird errors -- but the last few times I've gotten a new toy, I've been up and running so fast I'm really amazed.

Like, for example, I got a scanner last spring and in like 5 minutes, it was set up and running. Got a new digital camera over the summer -- I was totally amazed at how easy it was to use, esp. the fact I didn't even need to look at the manual to figure out the "hard stuff" and cool features. I just all "made sense." Last fall I finally got a mobile phone and once again, I got the thing thinking it would be hard to use but it was super easy.

Well, tonight I came home to find my long-await (and much-deferred) PalmPilot had arrived and BABY it is the sweetest thing. I am going to be one happy girl with this thing b/c it is really really small, has a keyboard (that folds up so it could *really* fit in my pocket, and it has this thing WordToGo thing so I can actually write and read Word docs or .txt or whatever, like no problem. I just tested it and it definitely looks like I will be able to fulfil my dream of actually working on my writing AWAY from my office. I am going to think up cool places to escape to. I think the Marriott Marquis would be a great place...

Gah... Sorry, getting all off track but I guess my point was... Er, what? Oh, yes, this PalmPilot was definitely a good decision. Thought about a MobilePro for a long time but that's like $800 and heavy and dorky and not very common, a.k.a. could become totally obsolete, whereas this thing was like $200, the keyboard came free (special deal), and it's wicked wicked small. Oh, and I got a bag with it that can fit everything and would have room for more stuff like books, whatever else, like a purse, only naturally it's been made so I can apparently go mountain hiking or something with it and it'll be OK :)

* Tja, I know they still can be, esp. if said gadget has any connection to Microsoft...

P.S. And yes, I know there's a war on.
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