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15 September 2009 @ 11:56 am
Working through the to-do list...  
Were people at a Con this weekend? It was kind of quiet around LJ, other than lots of activity for kamikazeremix postings.

For the first time in forever, WE didn't go out-of-town or do anything big this past weekend other than Christopher's Saturday morning soccer game. That means I finally got a few things done.

I finished painting the double window frame I'd started last weekend. The original idea was to "touch up" a few areas (where the hardware for the blinds used to be, and some other unexplained gouges). Then I discovered that the painter we hired did NOT use Kelley Moore's Swiss Coffee in painting the window trim the first time, but used someone else's paint instead. So the "touch up" colors didn't match. Grrrrr! Extra work for me. :(

I finished painting a couple of Goodwill picture frames, now awaiting new contents, and also a small decorative shelf and iron angel doorknocker (I used primer-only on those-- it looks fine). That means I'm getting control of some of the laundry room back (yay!), and can finish decorating the back bathroom.

I finished writing the letter to the family of our former babysitter (the girl who was killed last month). Everyone signed it, and it's in the mail now. I hope it brings some small comfort to her family, knowing that other people loved her and miss her too.

I also wrangled through all of my health care reimbursement claims for 2009, thus far. Wading through the quantity of it all (going back to January), and dealing with Kaiser's evil billing-system-of-mystery was what had kept me from it so long. But it's all up to date now-- four different submissions, about 3300 dollars total, and now I need to see what (if anything) remains in the account for 2009. That'll determine what kind of payment deal to work out with Lauren's orthodontist in this calendar year, and stretch into next year. GEEZ what a pain.

We watched Night At The Museum (better than I expected), tried to watch more of The Wire (5 episodes in and we don't really like it. Might bail), and a couple of episodes of Burn Notice S3.

Did I mention that my home PC crashed back in early July, and that the hard disk is unrecoverably dead? I lost virtually all of the 2008 family photos (the other years are at Walgreens.com or were still on the photo memory card), which was a terrible blow. Losing my fic archive was less painful-- I'd backed it up about a year ago, so now I'm slowly copying down everything after that point from LJ. All my "in progress" stuff was copied off onto the other computer, thank goodness. But I lost all the downloads that were on that older PC too, namely S4 of Supernatural, S2 of Reaper, and the S3 Burn Notice episodes we intended to watch.

So I've had to re-download the latter, and the only stuff available right now has French subtitles. Vraiment! But that's actually entertaining in a wholly unexpected way. :D

Oh, and, I missed the season premiere of Glee! I knew something would sneak past. Was it a new episode, or a repeat of the Pilot?

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blackcat333_99blackcat333_99 on September 15th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
I missed the season premiere of Glee! I knew something would sneak past. Was it a new episode, or a repeat of the Pilot?

New episode. I was able to watch it, although in a week or two I'll have to resort to Hulu because it conflicts with Criminal Minds that will be starting up again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Would it be free to watch via Hulu, if it's reasonably close to the original airing window? I'd like to catch up with it ASAP, and get into my regular "groove."

There will be far fewer Prime Time shows I'll be watching this year, I think, so how is it that Supernatural and Fringe are already in conflict? Was it SPN and The Mentalist that conflicted last year? I think I resorted to taping The Mentalist, watching SPN, and then also downloading SPN via Torrent in case I needed it later on for fic-fact purposes.
blackcat333_99blackcat333_99 on September 15th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Here's the ep link, apparently officially considered ep 1.02


Looks free so far to me. I didn't log in or anything.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'll see if we can watch it tonight!
brigid_tanner: boys-together wholebrigid_tanner on September 15th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Loosing stuff is why I have a back-up drive coming this week. Mine crashed several years ago and I lost a lot of info, but nothing like the vids and music on the computer now.

Haven't heard about Glee. Do I need to look for it? I've got about all the shows I can juggle right now. But Leverage is on hiatus, so I could add something till it comes back.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
"Glee" was surprisingly fun, at least the Pilot (shown during the summer) was. Worth checking out-- if you like the Pilot, you'll probably like the show.

We HAVE a back-up drive, but I never got around to configuring my older PC to use it. And now I've paid the price. *sobs*
Kronette: Nicer but for fandomkronette on September 16th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
All you have to do is ask, and I bet someone would be nice enough to burn DVDs from broadcast of Burn Notice and SPN S4. As for the hard drive - Best Buy told my sister her hard drive was fried. Turned out it just had 1900 viruses on it *sigh*. I recovered most of what she lost. That was the thing my sister was most worried about, too; her pictures.

Will it boot at all? Or is there a way to slave it to your working hard drive, in order to hopefully pull off photos? I'd be willing to give it a try. I'm a stickler for trying everything before giving up on a hard drive. I have done much research, because I have had much bad luck with drives *g*

A fast and easy way to keep backups of pictures - thumb drives. They're cheaper than cheap and will hold tons of photos. At least that can be a temporary backup in case of problems in the future.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Would you? *glee* I'd love to have SPN S4 in the interim, and I've got Burn Notice S3 up through episode 6 and will still make a stab at downloading the rest (so far, no seeds over the weekend). I'd happily reimburse you for discs and shipping.

The PC is in worse shape, because it's a work PC. So for security reasons, it boots directly into Windows to force password access (which no sane person would ever do, because sometimes you need to bypass Windows!!).

It boots up to the point where it tries to launch Windows, then crashes and reboots again. I've run the DoS disk-check utility on it from the base-level (probably ROM mode), and it shows the disk as damaged.

I took it to Nerds On Call, where the tech tried slaving it, modifying the boot-up, and even putting it in the freezer to see if that would help. He was initally confident of getting the data off the PC, but ultimately could not do it. His diagnosis was that the damaged area of the disk is affecting the Windows boot, and also my data (all under the "Documents" section). *sigh*

He gave me a number for the folks at Drivesavers, who can try to recover your data on a very expensive basis (you pay per Mbyte, I think). I haven't tried them yet, and I still have the PC (though I haven't checked to see if it's any worse than before).

I so wish I'd saved those photos on a thumb drive! That's how I kept so much of the fanfic-writing data, and I wish I'd saved enough for 2008 to move them to my husband's PC, if need. Thank goodness so much of it is up at Walgreens.com. I'm in the process of downloading it BACK onto the PC, one picture at a time. Ugh.

The dead drive is at least 6 years old, and was under the corporate virus-checking system. So it might have gotten A virus near the end, but it was pretty clean overall. Stupid Windows-- there's a reason I'm still on XP. Though I don't like MacIntosh at all-- you can't fix anything if a MacIntosh starts to have problems. "Simple" also means "We don't let you get your hands on the controls." :0
Kronette: Nicer but for fandomkronette on September 21st, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Quick note: I have most of the DVDs burned for you. Send me your address and I'll pop them in the mail to you :) jennifer.shipp "at" sbcglobal.net

I'm having much difficulty with the Family Remains disk. I have a feeling I may need to look for the episodes, too :(
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 16th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
Hard drives. can't reccommend them enough. I have three hd and everything is backed up across them
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I'm going to make sure the photos are put on the external HD, as well as printed out on CDs. The old PC seemed to be happy to burn CDs that only it could read, which wasn't so great. The newer one is more "standard."

Did you check the next post? There's a Christopher story in it that might amuse you. :)