Holy be-jebus! I can’t believe another week has gone by. I seriously have the best of intentions when it comes to this blog, but for one reason or another, I can’t seem to find the time and/or resources to do the things I plan. I am incredibly frustrated with myself. And as much as I hate to give you another “quick update” post, it seems to be all I’m capable of at the moment. So here’s a lovely bulleted list of the goings on as of late. (Yay for bulleted lists!…right?)

  • One of the many things I lost when my hard drive crashed was software. I had iLife and Photoshop before (graciously installed by the person who gifted J the laptop) but now am forced to find other (cheaper) alternatives to photo editing, storage, and organization. Any suggestions?
  • The good news is that a guy J works with is a certified data retrieval specialist (or something like that), and he has offered to take a look at the dead drive for free! Yay! So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he will be able to retrieve some of what was lost.
  • To prevent this situation from ever happening again, J and I made a trip to our local Fry’s last weekend and purchased an HP MediaSmart server and an additional 1 terabyte drive. Both of our computers are now doubly backed-up automatically every hour. Another bonus to having a server is that our printer is now networked, so I can print wirelessly from anywhere in the house (something I’ve been asking for since I bought the printer…two years ago). The server also automatically finds pictures, movies, and music on our computers and saves them to separate folders which are accessible from anywhere…including our PS3. Pretty cool stuff. And a wise investment, indeed. (Oh, and to those of you who actually know what any of this stuff is, I apologize for my layman’s description…and to the rest of you, sorry to bore you with geek talk ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  • Finally, I have kind of a big announcement…well, big for me anyway, not so much for you…drum roll, please….I’ve decided to go back to school. Well, actually I’ve already started classes. Last week was my first week in the Library Science Master’s program at the local university. I’m super excited to finally get my master’s degree and to know what I want to be when I grow up. I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to figure this out. I think I was born to be a librarian. So, that’s part of the reason I’ve been busier than usual lately. I’m taking a full load, 12 credit hours, all evening classes so that the pups won’t have to be here alone for long (at least until we get a fence installed) and so that I can still look for daytime work. Everything’s going great so far, and I should be able to finish by May of 2011! I already can’t wait to graduate and get working!
  • Okay, I lied, there’s one more thing I wanted to share with you, just because I can’t bring myself to leave another post without a picture, despite my lack of editing software. Here’s what I did with my birthday money last month:

An espresso machine! I’ve been wanting one for, well, years, and I’d had my eye on this particular one for months. So when it went on sale at Amazon, I snatched it up. And let me tell you, it works like a dream. I was having a little trouble with exploding coffee grounds at first, but I think I’ve remedied the problem (user error, go figure). Now I can enjoy pumpkin spice lattes and peppermint mochas any time of the year! Woohoo! A big thank you to all of you who made this dream possible. I couldn’t have done it without you! Mwah! (that’s supposed to be me blowing all of you a kiss ๐Ÿ™‚ )