Month: January 2007

rock me, Amadeus

Yes, the title is another shameless attempt to get my site to show up on search engines. 😉 Hmm, in keeping with that the blog’s name, perhaps I should make all the entry titles relevant to song lyrics? Okay, maybe not all of them, but that’s definitely something to fall back on when my mind draws a blank.

And lately, as tired as I am, my mind draws a blank quite a bit, especially as I try to sit at the computer after a long day at work. Yet, I soldier on. This week I plan to finish adding the information for the season five MacGyver episodes, and, with that task accomplished, I’ll take a wee break from the Mac site to focus on finishing the redesign of another website.

Oh, but I was talking about Mozart. Wasn’t I? :reads: Okay, not *technically* . . . but I meant to. I did mention that my mind wanders, right? Right. This is why, starting last night as I’m at the computer, I listened to a CD of Mozart’s music as performed by the London Symphony. I purchased it at the Dollar Tree about the time I got my new apartment. I loved the idea of sitting around, oh-so-cultured – hey, stop laughing, it could happen – listening to classical music as I worked sudoku puzzles. So far, I think I’ve done that only once and with the other classical CD I got: Tchaikovsky. (Man, I wish they’d had a Beethoven instead.)

Anyway, I love to listen to the more current music I loaded on my computer, but it’s really hard to focus on MacGyver quotes and episode summaries when I want to stop and sing along with every song that plays. So, it’s the lovely, wordless Mozart to the rescue. Hopefully, this will also help me get back to my other goal for getting the classical CDs: being able to identify the works when I hear them. I can picture myself saying in a very posh voice, “Why yes, I believe that *is* the Minuet and Trio from Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E flat.” Note to self: start looking over the names of the pieces as they’re playing.

Plus, didn’t I hear somewhere that working with classical music in the background can help make one smarter? Yeah, I’m still waiting . . .

sister chats

My sister glances over as I’m looking at last week’s TV Guide, with the lovely picture of Kiefer Sutherland on the cover.

Sister: Are you staring at that picture of Kiefer again?

Me (indignant): No.

[I start to flip the pages.]

Me: …but that is an *excellent* idea!

dear Michele

From the last email to my friend Michele:

I’m generally falling behind on all of my web-related stuff. The other day, I realized that including the time spent getting ready, almost 12 hours of my day is taken up with work. :boggles: But I did manage to post my Nebraska pictures – and I don’t think I sent you the link. I posted them at my “photoblog” since Yahoo pictures doesn’t let me post a description of the pic. The link to the first picture is below, and there are 30 pictures (I think), in 3 sets.

http://www.neloo.com/chezanne/pf/o101406a.html

And, yes, those are some of the pictures that I was showing Jeff when he fell asleep, so don’t drive or operate any heavy machinery after you look at them. Apparently they’re better than Nytol. :rollseyes: 

I guess that’s why they call it “work”

The particular frustrations of my job:

Them: “You know this thing that you’ve never seen before?”

Me: “Um, no…”

Them: “Okay, just go ahead and design it. And if you ask a question? We’ll only give you a short, insufficient answer, so you probably shouldn’t even bother. While you’re at it, go ahead and invent a perpetual motion machine as well.”

Me: (thoroughly overwhelmed and frustrated)

No, I don’t expect my entry-level engineering job to be easy, but I *was* under the impression that I would get the teensiest bit of help. The above conversation is only slightly exaggerated: they task me with something I’ve never done before and very little to go on. So I finally crank out something. They review it and tell me I’m wrong, but I’m still just as clueless on how to fix it.

Perhaps I should be flattered that they think I know so much, but at the same time, I keep recalling how one of my interviewers told me to “take everything you learned in school and throw it out the window.” Well, since I have no work experience to replace that tossed-out book-learning, I’m left with barely enough sense to come in out of the rain. :sigh:

a year in review

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Visited the midwest, specifically Nebraska

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I resolved to gripe less at work. I’m happy to report that, before I left my old job, I did a fairly good job of complaining less by looking forward to when I’d get a new job. (At my new job, it’s been pretty easy to gripe less; I’m still just happy to be there, so if some problem arises, I just try to deal with it.)

For 2007, I have a few goals: finish some website projects, learn more at work, and – like the Bible says – “be happy and do good.” (Ecc. 3:12)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Thankfully!

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
More clothes for work

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 7, because that was when I started my new job :dance of joy:

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a new job :throws confetti:

9. What was your biggest failure?
I was a big-time jerk to someone at my old job.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Illness, yes, but nothing terrible

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I helped Mom pay for redoing our bathroom.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mother. She was very helpful and encouraging – as always – but especially as I moved an hour away to start a new job.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Wanda, at my old job. She was a very opinionated person, and being around her got on my nerves like no one else in recent memory.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To getting things for my new apartment

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
At the risk of repeating myself: getting a new job! (I’d been looking for over two years, since I graduated from college.)

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
“Love You” by Jack Ingram, because I first heard that song (and first heard of Jack Ingram!) when I saw the video during my October trip to Nebraska.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Older or wiser? Um, both?
Thinner or fatter? Maybe a little fatter
Richer or poorer? Richer, since I finally got an entry-level job in the engineering field

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Reviewing things I learned in school to help refresh my knowledge of engineering principles

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Being peeved over others’ perceived attitudes

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Opened presents, took some pictures, and – taking a break from the usual – drove with my mother and sister so they could see my new apartment. I also worked on this meme.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
I stayed in love. 😉

22. How many one-night stands?
Zero.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Current programs? None. But thanks to DVDs, I’m falling in love again with my old favorites: MacGyver, Quantum Leap, Moonlighting, The Young Riders…

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No.

25. What was the best book you read?
I spent most of my book time working sudoku puzzles.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy” video – too funny!

27. What did you want and get?
A new job!

28. What did you want and not get?
A new job close to home, but you know, that might have been a blessing in disguise 🙂

29. What was your favorite film of the year?
X-men III

30. What did you do on your birthday?
I went shopping, and for a change my sister was able to go with me. In the evening, I watched my favorite episode of Moonlighting: Atomic Shakespeare.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If my boyfriend had a slightly less superior attitude. It’s not terrible, but from little things he says, it seems that he truly believes his way of doing things is best. Since I tend to try to see the other side of an issue, I can’t relate, and I often find him a bit critical.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Same as always: more classic than trendy

33. What kept you sane?
My faith and talking to my family

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
A movie character: Wolverine from the X-men movie series

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
I’m not really political…

36. Who did you miss?
Cassandra and Mary from my old job

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Kelly, from my new job

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Instead of griping about a problem, realize that “it is what it is”, and try to deal with it the best you can.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“Tough times don’t last. Lovers do. Baby, don’t give up on me and you. ‘Cause trouble’s just a storm that’s gonna pass.” (from Tough Times Don’t Last, by Bad English)