ceitfianna: (breaking each other)
This day has been good then awful. I had lunch with my brother and niece, read the paper and went to turn on my laptop and it didn't work. I troubleshooted but a stupid spill last night didn't make it happy. At least in the phone, the help desk guy was understanding. I just feeling thrown off. So tomorrow I go to the nearest Apple Store and try not to fret too much. I know I can manage but I'll be traveling soon and my life seems full of waiting and hoping at the moment. This is just one more thing to worry about.

Since I was in a book mood, I read a wonderful romance novel called Three Weeks with Lady X and now I'm having a late dinner. I'll be happy to know what's going on tomorrow but for now will be slow on my threads.

Fitting in

Dec. 4th, 2012 06:40 pm
ceitfianna: (Star Trek Not Alone)
I had I think one of my best days of work today with lots of little and big moments. My school has special days and today was one of them, Diversity Day. The students organized all of the activities which were workshops talking about different ways of being outside of the group and how to create good dialogue and be respectful. For the teachers and staff, we did our own version of the same workshops which went great. Lunch was provided by the parents who made so much delicious food, I'm only now getting hungry after eating around 11:30. During the workshops, I was part of a lot of great conversations about fitting in, politics, religion, identity, the stuff I love.

During lunch, I got to talking about fandom with another teacher and a student who is in the library a lot said, I would take a class about fanfiction, the teacher also said we need to talk more. She teaches history but also does creative writing, so that was great. The day ended with an assembly of performances, I talked about two experiences I had in New Zealand; one of my being welcomed and the other of jokes by friends and asking them not to make them. It felt great, I ended it with my knees a little wobbly and smiling, before I left people kept telling me they enjoyed it.

Then after school, I talked a lot with some of the middle school students who are into programming including trying to stop one of them from trying to find out the admin password. There needs to be a better technology program or else these kids will be doing who knows what. I know they're interested because they keep joking and saying, we need a class to teach us ethics, I'd teach it. I just felt today as if I fit in with the community in so many ways, it was wonderful.

The weather is getting colder, which I'm grateful for as the past few days have been foggy and weirdly warm. I'd rather it be cold and clear than so foggy you can't tell the time.

I'm enjoying the character meme and am still open for more characters as I've only answered Charles and Demeter here and Will on LJ.

Ask me on this entry or here on the original entry.
ceitfianna: (happy face Tumnus)
My birthday yesterday was really wonderful and as is normal with my family, its going to stretch for a while longer. I started the day by opening the package that my parents sent me which had some beautiful blue glass earrings and the Stacy Schiff Cleopatra book.

Today I just spent the first half or so of my Amazon gift card from one of my brothers on A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones, The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer, Welcome to Bordertown and an Ignenuitea pot with four green teas.

When my parents arrive at the end of next week, I'm going to get a new Mac laptop as a graduation/birthday gift which I'm looking forward to. Mac users, what kinds do you have and what do you recommend? I think this computer knows I'm going to move on from it as the screen's been acting up more.

Thank you to everyone for the good wishes, I feel quite blessed with such wonderful friends and for all the help figuring out how to spend my gift card. One of the great joys of yesterday was that I was able to talk to my oldest friend, we've known each other since we were about a year old on my walk home from work. I'll be doing another purchase at some point too, I love having my only worry being deciding what to get.

Yesterday I was reminded of just how nice people in Ann Arbor are because so many people smiled and wished me Happy Birthday when I told them. As a treat, I bought a sundae at the Ben and Jerry's store on State Street and it was good but filling. I don't eat ice cream very often and I'd forgotten how heavy it can be. Sadly I finished my first pot of homemade mint tea but I'm going to make another one. Homemade iced tea is one of the best parts of summer.

School stuff is also full of interesting things, tomorrow in the early morning I have meeting to help out with the Ann Arbor Book Festival after my parents leave. This is something I've wanted to help with since I started at SI but the timing never seemed to work out. If this comes together, I'll get paid and be able to help with children's activities.

I have a paper to write this weekend that I think will go much faster than the other one and then I get about two weeks off from class in which I work on my grant. The idea I have isn't in as good a form as I'd like so I'm going to push it into shape before I turn in a draft.
ceitfianna: (feathered face)
This weekend is being so quiet, its nice. I had so much to do before class last Sunday that it wore me out. I don't have as much to do this week, but I'm moving slower on all of it. My walking iris bloomed this morning and it looks likes its going to have another one, this just makes me so happy. This plant is from a cutting of a huge plant of my parents and its grown so much, also of the various plants I brought with me and have bought, its the only one that's survived.

As the weather's been getting nicer, I've been taking more pictures. Soon I'll post them but for now I'm at home as it rains outside and thankfully the thunder and light's flickering stopped.

Day One: Pride - Seven great things about yourself
Day Two: Envy - Seven things you lack and covet
Day Three: Wrath - Seven things that piss you off
Day Four: Sloth - Seven things you neglect to do
Day Five: Greed - Seven worldly material desires
Day Six: Gluttony - Seven guilty pleasures
Day Seven: Lust - Seven love secrets


Sometimes I just want things. )
ceitfianna: (Newsies Seize the Day)
This day has started off amazing. I got to work which as always was quiet and so I spent most of it watching my Twitter feed and how it exploded around 11:20 when Egypt became free. I'm so amazed at how quickly things happened there and reading the tweets of people there and around the world saying, we're with you and then celebrating. It gives me a huge amount of hope for well everything. It also makes the fact that I'm going to a meeting to make sure I can graduate a little less worrisome since that's one small thing compared to the great change that just occurred.

I was hoping to be online before that meeting at 3:30 but for some reason, the lab computer I'm using it set for a huge resolution and whenever I try to fix it, it gets messed up. Instead I think I'm going to enjoy reading Bloodroot, a fantastic book, thank you [livejournal.com profile] sardonicynic and relax.

I might search out another computer but other than this meeting the rest of the day and evening are mine and I'm just happy to be warm and in a good place.
ceitfianna: (Maeve)
I'm still feeling incredibly scattered today but I'm being productive. I had a wonderful conversation with my parents, which helped me get settled.

I did one half of my programming homework, a multiple choice quiz and ended up doing okay on it and I've started the coding. I think if I keep going back and forth between what I need to get done, things will be accomplished.

Also I've done my reading for another class, backed up my computer and finally uploaded all the pictures I've taken since Thanksgiving.

So here's a little poll to help me figure out what order to post the pictures in.

[Poll #1674453]
ceitfianna: (Hiding Cat)
I hate this week a lot. Last night I was working on the assignment for my Online Search course and I thought I did it okay. This class has handouts and powerpoints aplenty so I was referring to them all over the place. In class I mentioned mine since I didn't get a result so I figured I did something wrong.

Now one reason I don't like this class is the professor does this thing of being incredibly sarcastic and kind of mean, but its hard to tell if she really thinks we're that stupid or if its just her way. It doesn't make me feel comfortable or like I actually want to listen to her, because I have to sort through all this stuff to find out what's she's teaching. Yet as she kept repeating in class today, she's been teaching this same way of searching since 1987. It got really annoying, we're using an old system to search databases since supposedly it will teach us how to truly do searching. I find it tough and feel like I'm having to learn programming again. All the things that are useful end up buried under a flurry of handouts and sarcastic comments and she does know stuff somehow.

Now the thing that's made me all tense and annoyed. Class was in the morning, after class I went to get my laptop checked out and now have my laptop in the queue of a good repair place. So I get home I think around 1 and I don't think I checked my school email. I started my assignment that's due tomorrow and now have a nice draft. Some time around 4 or so, I see there's an email from this prof. Basically she goes, there are tons of things wrong with your assignment and I want to speak to you, I'm around at these times. Well, the time she mentioned was this afternoon and I'm home and its too late. The time she recommends for tomorrow is when I'm working and this is all in this I need to see you and this is when you'll see me tone.

I wrote her an email apologizing for just getting the email, saying what wouldn't work tomorrow and would next week work. I've yet to hear from her which is freaking me out. I've talked about this in chat and on Twitter too, but I need to write it out so its not stuck in my head. I really hate this class, but its too late to drop and start another one. I'll get through this, but gah, I hate this. [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier, whenever you're online, ping me, you've taken this class, hopefully its not as bad as it feels.

Please distract me with something, I'll take prompts, I'll take silly things just help.

ETA I got an email back that reads like an order, you will be at my office at noon. So that's what I'll be doing after my morning shift. I hate this.
ceitfianna: (feathered face)
I've made it through my second week of classes and this is going to be a good semester. I've discovered that I can take my laptop to the computer repair place on campus and hopefully it won't cost too much to fix. Now the question is when do I find the time to do it. Thank you to everyone who listened to my rant during chat, I woke up this morning to my school inbox full of suggestions. Also other than one brief problem, this morning's shift was actually really nice and worry free.

Tomorrow I'm planning on going apple picking and then making apple pie with the couple who ran the D&D game, I feel like I should figure out a nickname or something for them since they're some of my best friends here.

Oh and the weather today is glorious, yesterday was rainy and stormy, but today the air's a little crisp and its sunny, this is how I like fall.

Now to do that don't primp and put a picture of yourself up meme. I quite like this picture, its just kind of annoying how dark the corner with my computer is, it makes webcam pictures look odd. I might try and grab another picture in better light since I love how the hairdresser in Lewes fixed my hair. Its short and fun and just makes me feel pretty along with being every so slightly different from anything I've had before.

A Day for Smiling )

The line in the title is because I grew up having my father sing Sixteen Tons to me before I went to sleep and its just going through my head. Yes, University of Michigan is currently putting me into debt, but once my pay schedule gets going for this semester, I'll be making more.

Laptop Woes

Sep. 9th, 2010 07:14 pm
ceitfianna: (oh shit will rabbit)
Apparently after two hours of trying things, HP told me that I need to hook my laptop to an external monitor to find out what's about to fail.

Hopefully its something cheap like the graphics card and not anything involving the motherboard. HP was really helpful, I think I made the HP customer service guy happy, because I understood so much of what he was talking about and we were able to just talk as things processed.

Now I'm backing the few things that aren't backed up so that things are alright. Hopefully the monitor won't act up too much during my shift tonight, I'd feel horrible if that happened while I was helping someone.

I've had this laptop for about a year and a half, that's too soon for it to break. Though I wouldn't mind getting a Mac at some point. My whining about how heavy my laptop is, is not an excuse to break. I like my solid laptop with its big screen.
ceitfianna: (prof kirke please)
My laptop is hooked up to the big tv and ever so slowly moving my stuff over to the external HD, this is going to take a while but it will be done. Today is just lovely and I'm feeling hopefully though wow, I really wish I'd known how to do this weeks ago, life would have been so much simpler but now I know.

The crowd has left and I slept really well and actually have energy today, I'll probably be tagging here and there between backing things up.

Let's see if there's any other news, I just finished a really interesting book on Cleopatra called Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt. The author did a really good job at bringing together all the various aspects of Ptolemiac Egypt and Rome, so if you're interested in that era, I recommend it.

ETA: Old laptop has suddenly decided to not see the external HD, gah!

ETA2: Unplugging and plugging back in the HD seemed to fix it.

ETA3: And all the stuff is on the HD and a lot of it is being moved to my new laptop!

Album Meme

Mar. 7th, 2009 12:13 pm
ceitfianna: (Fred and Ginger dancing)
I really need to get a good photo thing on this computer because I feel so silly that I don't know how to get rid of that text box thing. My mom has a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements that I might put on this computer unless there's a program others can recommend as better. So yes, here's mine though its nowhere near as good as everyone else's and then I'm off to make shortbread and afghans.

Now edited with a new and improved version and yay I figured out how to make text transparent and it was much simpler than I expected.

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit "random" or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations" or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on "explore the last seven days" or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together:

ceitfianna: (Newsies Seize the Day)
I can use my mother's monitor as an external monitor for my old laptop and get all my stuff off. Yes!!

This will be my project for a point this afternoon and the staples guy said yeah for that amount of stuff, its not worth it for you to pay us when you can manage it yourself.

I'm so glad that I can actually get my stuff soon. Small edit for the fact that we have some cable wrangling to do but its possible and won't cost more money which makes me happy.
ceitfianna: (oh shit will rabbit)
It turns out something went wrong in a way the guy hasn't seen before so none of my stuff ended up being saved properly on the HD.

I'm going to take it to someone who knows about computers along with my old laptop and have them pull it off because damn it, want my stuff.

Also I appear to be sick which sucks even more.
ceitfianna: (Macedonian gold wreath)
Just got back from New York and I will get to all those waiting tags soon. In the meantime the trip was wonderful, the opera La Rondine was light and wonderful and had singing that sounded like birdsong and I kept thinking about Tiwa.

We went to two different museums, an exhibit on Women in Ancient Greek art at the Onassis center and then the Met today and seeing exhibits on Babylon and Bonnard, along with a nice long walk across Central Park.

I really love New York and it really makes me feel tired and more alive when I come back from it and also I drove the last part of the drive which just felt good for me. Now for an interesting little meme from [livejournal.com profile] fightingthecage

Describe me in one word, just one single word. Positive or negative

Leave your word in a comment, before looking at what words others have used

Copy and paste the meme to your journal to find out how people describe you when limited to one word.


Tonight I think I'm going to see if I can get itunes to work on my new laptop and download some new stuff that got lost because I downloaded it between backing up and new computer. Oh and Windows Live Care decided to start working which is nice. Also question, anyone who has a WD Mybook and has used Vista, how do you make your computer actually see your files to move them? They're hiding from me and I want them.
ceitfianna: (map and key)
Well I have a number of things set up, Windows Live One Care is being odd and I'm not the only one having this problem but so far all the online suggestions aren't helping.

I've decided since tomorrow and Friday I'll be in NYC with my parents that I'm going to worry about it later rather than slogging through all the steps to reach a real person just yet.

I will later but for now I'm happy and going to start moving files over so I can change the background. Oh and also I'm having trouble installing itunes on my Vista, anyone have suggestions?
ceitfianna: (candy raspberries)
My new latop's here but I decided I'm going to go get myself some lunch and run some errands before I plunge into setting it up.

Hopefully it won't take too long and everything will work and before long I will be back and working. In the meantime, I'm off for a bit into the icky, grey day but I have a new laptop!!
ceitfianna: (happy face Tumnus)
Life is looking good, one of my mother's friends from college is coming over for lunch, I somehow got up at 10:30 am after going to sleep sometime after 4 am because [livejournal.com profile] wordsthatfail and [livejournal.com profile] dynastessa are just that awesome.

Then woke up to find out that my new laptop has shipped and might even be here tomorrow which makes me so amazingly happy, I thought I might have to wait until the end of the week for it.

Also here is a fun meme from [livejournal.com profile] alas_a_llama:

Association Meme

Comment to this post and I will give you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then post this to your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.


New Zealand, America, Greek Classics, Libraries and Robin Hood Stories. )
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
I just ordered a new HP Pavilion laptop from amazon and it hopefully will be here quite soon so I can get back to being on my computer and all. I found a good deal on it and I'm just feeling quite hopeful.

Thanks for all your advice and I slept a bit later than I expected today, not sure why so I'm going to head out to grab a late lunch or something and be back later for RP and all.
ceitfianna: (stars in a tree)
A while ago I was planning on writing a long entry about how its now been a year since I've been back from New Zealand and how I'm not where I expected to be. Truth be told, I'm too happy to think about that.

Since I've really decided and started pursuing the idea of being a librarian, things are moving faster and more hopeful than they have throughout this year which is pretty amazing to me. My next step is setting up some interviews and really talking to people at Drexel, Rutgers, Michigan and maybe even Berkeley because I don't want to not consider any option and also I'm so ready to move forward on this.

Today feels like Spring too and that makes me feel lovely so I drove out on the highway to an IHOP and an outlet I hadn't been before. The traffic sucked and the food wasn't that great but it was a really good learning experience.

In computer news, I've narrowed things down a bit to probably a HP, Sony Vaio and maybe a Lenovo. I've decided against a Dell just because people seem either to rave or rant and I'd rather have something a bit more consistent.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone and know that I'm happy and joyful to know all of you and I hope you get to spend today with people you love.
ceitfianna: (poppies)
I went to Staples and found out that it would cost 400 dollars to fix my laptop at least just for the backlight, I think its got some other things wrong with it because it hasn't been shutting off properly. So I started talking with my parents and because I use a laptop so much and they've gotten a lot cheaper, we've agreed that I should get a new one.

So my question for everyone out there is what do you have, what do you like or love and what you recommend for a good PC laptop that will basically be used as a desktop? For the moment I'm on my mother's Mac Air laptop and so won't be on quite as much since this computer doesn't have ljlogin but I'll try and take care of slows and everything and hopefully research and buying will go quickly and I'll be back and around normally again. Also my brother and his girlfriend left this morning and it was great to see them, my brother is really wonderful and great to talk to. I wish he didn't live quite so far away.

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