Happiness is a New Computer When Your Old One Develops Blinking Screen Syndrome

And my old one, I mean the one I bought a year ago January. ARGH. Still, new computer. Always a bright side.

What was a bright side for you this weeK?

107 thoughts on “Happiness is a New Computer When Your Old One Develops Blinking Screen Syndrome

  1. What made me happy today is Kate Davies new knitting club announcement. I know there are lots of knitters here and lots of Margery Allingham fans here, so maybe this would make some of you happy too. The club is a celebration of Margery Allingham books and also of the fashion of the golden age of detective fiction, including art deco. Kate is a great knitting designer but also an academic who has studied needlework and women’s lives and her wide-ranging interests and essays are always a delight to read. The club features 10 knitting designs, a mystery knit-along, a reading club which will look at 10 of Margery’s books, and a collection of long essays by a variety of authors about golden age mystery and fashion. You can read about it on Kate’s blog: https://katedaviesdesigns.com/2024/04/07/club-sign-ups-are-open/. Even if you’re not interested in the club, her blog has lots of great stuff to read.

    In the meantime, I am on a long-ish business trip in Johannesburg and missing being home. Go figure!

      1. The food was fine. Standard diner fare, but the raspberry custard pie was outstanding.

  2. Oh, moving to a new computer is not my favorite.
    However yesterday was pure happiness , lunch at Findlay Market (local chefs), some gardening and a watching a hallmarkesque terrible but beautiful movie, set in Ireland.

  3. Oh, no! That computer was still a baby! What happened? That is so wrong. But I’m glad you’re up and running again.

    I am happy to have cleared out most of the tall stems from the lily bed, the Sweet Black-eyed Susan plot, and the rain garden. Many of them were taller than I am, and I had to stuff them in bins and then lean the bin onto the cement driveway and chop the sticks off so I could stuff the tops back into the bins. I still have to do that with the remaining stems. Those New England Asters, Swamp Milkweeds, and Joe Pye Weeds get really tall! It took two days to do all that. My back aches today.

    In a few hours, I will meet the little Pomeranian I h0pe to adopt! More on that, after the meeting.

  4. My big happy this week was spending a morning on the flower farm. The weather wasn’t great – we had heavy rain and snow later in the day. But it was cozy inside the new greenhouse and we potted up dahlia tubers and bumped up various other plants. Can’t wait to get back to working on a regular schedule.

    I made a very tasty vegan red velvet cake. I decided I wanted cake for my birthday next month but being dairy and sugar free makes baking challenging (lots of vegan recipes use sugar). Sadly, the cake was so tasty that it didn’t last long.

    Transplanted several plants that were badly in need of bigger pots. It’s messy but satisfying as the plants always look happier.

    1. Forgot to mention that I received a thank you card from a group of students at a local elementary school thanking me for donating art supplies. I had given their teacher my old cricut cutting machine and 2 big boxes of paper crafting supplies. The students decided on their own to use the cricut to make me a card and their teacher dropped it off for me.

  5. I had a great restaurant meal on Thursday with an extra meal’s worth of leftovers.

    I finally made the buttermilk cake with chocolate buttercream frosting that I have been thinking about since I started my annual diet in January. It did not disappoint.

    Dear sister reports having been on a book buying binge, AND I found a cheap collection of Simon Brett’s Mrs Pargeter series on kinder, so exciting new items in the “entertainment feed”.

  6. Sorry about the computer. My son always says with computers it’s not if it dies but when.

    Found out I’m going to be a grandma! And it’s a girl! I have two sons and now I get to buy pink lace and ruffles!!

    1. Congratulations! I would, however , not get too attached to the pink lace and ruffles. In a few years she may decide that she will have nothing to do with either of them.

  7. I also have an almost new (about a year and a half old, but the issues started months ago) laptop that has a major glitch. In this case, the touchpad doesn’t work correctly, especially in Word. You know, where I do all my writing. Sometimes the cursor wouldn’t move at all. Sometimes it jumped up a few lines, so suddenly I’d be typing in the middle of the previous paragraph. My computer guy tried replacing the touchpad itself, and it got better…then worse again. My theory is there is a not-quite-sized-right connection somewhere in there. I could have sent it back to Dell when it was still within warranty, but that would have meant A) being without the laptop, possibly for months, and B) probably not having them fix it anyway. I was about ready to give up when a friend suggested a low tech option: get a lap desk (since I work sitting on the recliner couch, and the laptop is actually on my lap) that was wide enough for a mouse. Both my computer guy and I felt stupid for not thinking of that, and I’m happy that it seems to have remedied the problem, although it isn’t quite as comfortable as the laptop on its own (on top of a cooling pad with a fan in it). I wish you luck with your new one.

    Happiness was spending yesterday with a friend. We went about an hour away to see Dune2 on a bigger screen than available here, go to a big beer store, an Amish store along the way, then hit a BBQ place down the road from the theater. Most of the day was, frankly, disappointing, but it was still nice to spend the time with my friend John, so there’s that. Today the sun actually came out (I almost didn’t recognize it) and my friend Ellen is coming over for Scrabble, so that will be a happy too.

    Now I need to go get housework done before she gets here. Cleaning cat fountains. yay?

    1. Cat fountains, plural? What kind? I have one cat who likes the fountain, and one who assiduously avoids it. I’ve had at least four, plastic and stainless steel. They are making them better and more easily cleanable, now, but is there an ideal one out there?

        1. Thanks! I have had Pioneer fountains before, and they had too many nooks and crannies to be kept really clean. That one looks sleek and easy to clean.

          1. It’s the easiest to clean of any I’ve ever had. The metal one isn’t bad. The only issue I have with the black one is that it is called a “raindrop” which means it makes a loud dripping noise. Luckily, there is an easy fix by shutting the adjustment on the pump almost all the way, so not as much water flows.

    2. Deborah,

      Have you considered a trackball? I have no personal experience with one, but in days of yore before my retirement, one of my coworkers used one successfully. I see that there are now wireless ones and they don’t seem much more expensive than wireless mice. The advantage is that you just need space for one to sit, not for it to move around. One manufacturer has a photo in their site of someone with a laptop directly on his lap and a trackball on the arm of the sofa he is sitting on.

  8. Once again, I’m happiest about the fact that I’ve gotten two good night’s sleep after a week of bad ones. Lovely relaxing yoga this morning and now curled up in front of the (not entirely necessary) fire, with two dogs curled up beside me, reading sweet smut. Life is good.

    1. It’s amazing how sleep can effect us. Here’s good wishes for more good nights ahead for you.

  9. Last fall I planted really fun tulips, about 10 varieties with unusual colors or petal shapes or double blossoms. And big blooms. This spring I decided my tulips were a cutting garden because either I bring them inside or the deer get them. So I have had four big vases full of tulips making me happy all day, especially when the light comes through them.

    I have continued working on my New Year’s resolution to catch up with 10 friends. Had a great talk with one who lives across the country from me. I’ve caught up with four and have dinner planned with a fifth so doing well… We also had people over for dinner twice this week—one neighbors we are close to and one couple helping with DHs friend with dementia — and those were both pleasant. It’s mango season here so I made sticky rice with mango. And we went out for dinner with foster daughter who is doing well. She decided at Christmas that she wanted monthly dinners with us to stay in touch which we welcomed —another sign of growth in her!

    DD was really stressed and difficult Wednesday night and took it out on me which was not fun. But then I realized her PhD viva (we call them orals in the US) was the next day and I calmed her down and she did great and was thrilled.

    Mom continues to come up with increasingly silly and unconvincing arguments about why she is safe to drive so I finally got my sibs to agree we just won’t reply to anything about driving and we told her we wouldn’t. That at least decreases the stress for me. I sent DS one of her recent arguments and he said “ That’s some heavy guilt tripping” and he was right and it’s so great to get that perspective and to have a son who recognizes it and can put things in perspective. ( One of my sisters had fallen for it until I pointed out why it was not right.)

    DS and my brother both had birthdays April 2 so I had lovely long talks with them. And learned my nephew was able to resolve the administrative challenges and will be able to do his summer in Japan without losing his masters program place.

    And our hardware store had eclipse glasses and Johnny jump up seeds.

    For those in eclipse territory may I recommend taking your colanders outside? You get hundreds of tiny eclipse shadows on the ground .

    1. We won’t get the eclipse here due to cloud cover and being largely outside the path. Years ago we were on the edge of an eclipse path and at the peak viewing I went outside to at least see the weird overcast and if there was any sign of the partial one we would get. sunlight was streaming through the tree leaves and the leaf shadows on the ground all had little crescent shapes cut out of them. So cool. And about 45 years ago we were in an area where we could see a full eclipse. My sister brought her children to stay so that they could see an eclipse. So much fun.

      1. Jessie, I’ve never seen a full eclipse (and won’t this time), but I’ve been through several partials and have seen those leaf shadows in more than one over the years.

    2. Congrats on your daughter’s PhD oral, PhDs are a lot of work, so well done and keep going. All your siblings and you may need to use the grey rock method on your mum. She is sort of thriving on the drama and attention currently.

      1. I know. That’s why I pushed for not responding to emails about driving at all.

        My family isn’t good at boundaries but I’m trying

  10. Jenny, sorry that it took a replacement to get you running again.

    I do most things on my tablet and hence I’m not really comfortable yet with the laptop I bought 6 months back. I keep putting that familiarization off, but I do need more than a tablet for some purposes such as taxes. I also suspect that if I fooled with it more, I could rehabilitate my obsolete desktop machine enough for stand-alone activities like writing. More procrastination there.

    1. That’s funny, I’m the opposite. Until this debacle, I pretty much used my iPad for reading. Yesterday I started picking up e-mail on it and did some net surfing. I’ll still prefer the laptop, but it did broaden my understanding of the iPad.

  11. My fridge died, which wasn’t happiness-inducing, but there wasn’t much in it to throw out, and the replacement arrived three days later, which did make me happy! And I was able to get it set up without help (it’s only 4.4 cubic feet, not a full-sized one).

    The ten-year anniversary of my Helen Binney mysteries’ debut is this month, so I wrote a novella to celebrate it, and I’m happy I managed to finish it and get it edited, etc., in time (after starting it late). Then I made the first book in the series free for this weekend (through Tuesday, here: https://www.amazon.com/Dose-Death-Helen-Binney-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B08Y82MXVW/ ), and lots of people downloaded it, and a few actually read it and liked it enough to read more books in the series. I’m always happy when someone new meets Helen Binney and enjoys her adventures as much as I do.

    1. Gin, Thanks! I just downloaded it. Actually, since it is in KU and I think you had already mentioned it here, I already had the thing out from KU, but had not yet gotten very far into it. I returned it and downloaded the free one and now have a free KU slot for a borrowed book.

      1. The first book was originally pubbed by a small publisher, but then reverted to me a few years ago and I reissued myself, and there’s an option for Amazon-exclusive books to be set to free a certain number of days per quarter.

    2. Thank you. I will try to figure out how to keep this on the laptop, since I have no Kindle account and Amazon has just reminded me how totally maddening they are. At any rate I’ve read the first page with considerable delight. (I did not have an Amazon account for many many years, until my boss decided everyone got Amazon cards for Christmas bonus, and I set one up. I still cannot post reviews of books because, they say, I have not spent enough money! And they want me to buy again the USB cables I bought a few months ago and which certainly don’t need replacing. Grr.)

      1. Thank you! Especially for taking the extra effort of getting a book that’s not in your preferred format.

        1. It is difficult to read without clenching my teeth at how people Do No Listen to Helen, but I have gotten to the murder–such an excellent murderee!–and hope to be able to relax a little.

  12. I’m glad my Wordle streak survived today, at least according to my personal rules. It was a near thing. Prior to my last try, I was googling a hypothetical word to see if somehow unbeknownst to me, it a) existed and b) had a meaning common enough to survive curation. No, but Google suggested I really meant a different word, which I ran with. I did learn a couple of real but clearly too-rare words that way earlier.

  13. On the good news side, I saw my job counselor on Friday and she’s going to sign me up for things. I also saw Rock of Ages this weekend and I highly recommend seeing it if you ever have the opportunity–so much fun. I had a great time doing karaoke and drinking last night. My job interview this week went well and I have two more lined up in the next two weeks, though the interview requests have suddenly slowed down.

    On the bad news side, the reassignment job I was up for has been budget cut. THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION has been budget cut. All jobs, gone. I was told there was going to be a hiring freeze both at my organization and its sister organization and the state in mid-May, but apparently it’s starting early at the sister organization (where I applied). My org will be right behind them. I won’t be able to be reassigned, period. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Doesn’t matter if the job is in in progress or not, it’s dead. Unfortunately the same problem will probably happen with all the state jobs I applied for because they take soooooooo long to go through, even assuming anyone wants me (hah hah).

    Seriously, I’m going to be unemployed in a few months, won’t be able to get hired anywhere, and at best will have to go work at Wal-Mart. I’m sick to my stomach.
    I’ve applied for what, 13 random jobs this week? Attempting random places that I hope aren’t state budget cut, but who knows. I’m out of hope now.

  14. It’s been a long week of high stress at work mixed with visiting my granddad in the hospital (he’s doing okay now) — but I’m ebike shopping and finally got to take a few test rides! Really excited to (a) get myself a nice gift (not a normal occurrence regardless of my financial state, so I’m enjoying the shopping process) and (b) get out a lot more this summer. Plus I work for a bike company and can get some great deals, which makes it even more fun.

  15. This week the pollen has been making my histamine intolerance much worse, and after a follow-up with the endocrinologist, I found out that taking thyroid medication isn’t going to be a solution (trying for 6 weeks actually just made my TSH level drop too low). BUT, I don’t have to wake up and take the thyroid medicine first thing in the morning and then wait an hour to eat, so that’s lovely. Feels like all I do is coordinate food and meds these days.

    What’s really making me happy is that revisions are going well on my WIP and I should be able to send it to my first beta reader sometime this week. I was planning on releasing it in 2022, so I’m very ready to work on the next thing!

    1. Christine, Food and meds so far coexist for me, but ideally I’m now, under dentist’s orders, I’m supposed to use prescription toothpaste twice a day and each time wait 30 minutes afterward before eating or drinking, AND use a specific OTC mouthwash twice a day and wait 20 minutes each time before ditto. I’m underfulfilling the plan. As someone who for years has habitually been sipping on something (water included) nearly constantly (and who wants to get 3 meals a day in there somewhere), this regimen is tough to carry out in full.

      I hope you find a more successful treatment. My allergies are not as bad as yours, but spring is increasing my own allergy med usage and still leaving residual effects.

      1. What a pain! I’m now trying to figure out where to slip in an “empty stomach” capsule, since I take “with food” meds every eight hours, and usually also want a little something for lunch and dinner…

  16. Best news this week was that a close friend has decided to stay put instead of trying to downsize. This is a great relief: don’t know that I could cope with two close friends being tortured by the house-buying process. And the friend who is desperate to buy has a roof over her head for an extra month, which takes the pressure off a bit.

    I’ve been really happy about the new bed I’m making in the garden, but having successfully lifted and smashed up the four paving slabs yesterday (so I can carry them through the house), when I started digging the soil underneath, I found a lot of coal dust under one, and looks like only a couple of inches of soil under another two. So my dream design is looking a very long shot.

      1. You are amazing. After only 20 minutes you have a new plan , and a good one, at that. I am really impressed and look forward to the progress reports.

        1. It’s all going to depend on how much of the bad stuff I can dig out. Plus having some dry spells to do it – we’re having a really wet spring. But thank you!

          1. Is the coal dust the sort of thing you need to wear a mask to dig out and do you need to dispose of it as biohazard? I have never had to deal with coal dust and now I’m curious.

          2. It hadn’t occurred to me. Doubt it’s hazardous: it’s what’s called ‘slack’ – the very fine bits that accumulate under a heap of coal. Most of it is sticking to soil particles, and it’s so damp here that there’s no possibility of any of it taking to the air. I looked it up, and from a gardening perspective the problem with coal is it’s extremely alkaline. But it’s fossilized/mineralized wood, isn’t it, so I don’t think contains anything more sinister. I’m not actually sure whether or not it’s been burned. I suspect the Victorian builders must have had it to hand. There was an oyster shell too in today’s diggings.

          3. An oyster shell? Funny! I wonder what the stor was there; didn’t people use to edge their flower beds with shells? Digging in England must be an adventure; oyster shells one day and ancient Roman villas the next day!

  17. I’m in Cincinnati, Ohio right now waiting for the eclipse tomorrow afternoon. A group of people I know got together, rented out a hotel, and we’ve just been sitting around talking and eating for the past few days waiting for the big event.

    I visited the Cincinnati Museum yesterday, which is located in an art deco building. The building was originally the Amtrak train station and it is gorgeous. They had a Pompeii exhibit which was good.

    Today, I visited the Cincinnati zoo and botanical gardens. Everything was in bloom. The animals were out, and I just wandered around for several hours. Sunday is, of course, not the day to visit a zoo if you want to avoid crowds, but as long as I didn’t have anyone to keep track of, it was a good day. 😋

    1. Isn’t it interesting what can be done with old train stations? The only time I took the train to Cincinnati I got in at 2:30 am, so I have no memory of the train station (my friend met me at the track). But I am delighted to hear that the Musee Dorsay in Paris (one of my all time favorite buildings) is not the only place that this transition was made. I will have to look it up online.

    2. The zoo might be a fascinating place to be during the eclipse. Apparently in 2017 the zoo animals behaved very strangely.

  18. I have a dog!! We are meeting in the parking lot of a grocery store this evening so she can give me the dog, and some food, and flea and heart worm meds, toys, etm. It was a 30 mile drive to meet the dog, so the store parking lot will be halfway between us and much less of a trip. She’s a sweet, friendly little pom, and doesn’t have the undercoat that most of them do, so it will be much easier to keep her groomed. Her owner says she once walked her 6 miles without wearing her out! My new walking buddy! She reminds me of Black Beauty. Gorgeous! This feels fated. I had just started looking for a small black dog, and saw the listing almost as soon as it came up, and applied immediately, and the owner responded quickly. Her name is Cookie, because she has a white patch on her chest, kind of like an oreo color scheme. I think I will call her Kali. I have named all my pets after Goddesses, lately.

      1. Tammy, I am not on Instagram, and if there is another way to post pics, please explain it to me, and I will gladly post many pics!!!

    1. That is so lovely. Hope she settles in easily and you have a lot of fun walks. For me a walk without a dog almost seems pointless.
      But I did have to wait until I was 35 to get a dog. My parents refused all animals despite strong campaigns from me from the age of 3 onwards. Then I moved around too much. Now I have 2 dogs and 2 cats to make up for lost time.

  19. Grammar point: I have been noticing “may” used a lot as a past tense instead of the dictionary form “might,” particularly in narration in restricted 3rd person past tense, as in the below excerpt from _Murder in Thrall_. Mostly I’ve seen it in self-published work, but Thrall is from a conventional publisher, Kensington. Since the viewpoint is Doyle’s, I suppose that here it might be an Irishism, but the other times I’ve noticed it wouldn’t fit that. Languages change, and it’s hard to call this usage incorrect, but I’m old enough to find it grating. (Despite its drawbacks, the novel is growing on me a bit so far.)

    >>Acton arrived at work early; mental note. She may have to start coming in earlier in the event something came up first thing,

    1. It’s one of the things that makes me think I should move to Tunbridge Wells (home to Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells). This confusion is pretty widespread now, and I’m afraid will become accepted usage. Even worse, though mostly American, is the loss of the pluperfect, which can make narratives tricky to follow. But I guess with so many English speakers having grown up with a different mother tongue, or with parents who weren’t native speakers, this kind of simplification is inevitable,

      1. Jane, Americans may be abusing the pluperfect, (not that I’ve noticed), but Brits have ruined the subjunctive. There is a clear difference in meaning in classical English between “It is important that he know” and “It is important that he knows,” but it’s dead on your side of the pond and not doing well over here either. Not much to be done about it. (I am surprised that the variant past tense of “may” as also “may” is not yet showing up in even the online dictionaries where I’ve looked, not even marked as a nonstandard variant.)

        Is it just an _Economist_ thing or a general British one to capitalize the pluralizer s is MPS, MEPS, etc.? I keep processing that as an unknown abbreviation even when I know what is intended.

        1. Well, ‘It’s important he knows’ sounds right to me; maybe this is simply a US/UK difference, like ‘gotten’? I haven’t come across MPS for MPs, and I’m surprised at The Economist. But house rules have largely gone out the window in book publishing, I think, so maybe there, too, despite the fact they used to pride themselves on their standards.

          Of course, as we both know, English is a living language and therefore constantly evolving. There’s no point in trying to hold back the tide. The most you can do is keep the subtleties in your own version of it – as long as it doesn’t mean others misunderstand you.

      2. I find myself questioning the pluperfect when I write with it these days. It seems like too many words, but, no, they’re all supposed to be there. I guess it’s because I don’t see it used very much.

    2. I don’t think it is an Irishism. I would use might in the sentence you quote.

      Also I’d use MPs and MEPs. But the Economist has a particular style and, I think, likes to have an ‘on trend’ style guide.

    3. May for might is driving me mad.

      In related news, a BBC story this morning said the grizzly bears were “nonplussed” by the 2017 eclipse, and behaved as they usually did. I thought they must have meant nonchalant, but in some online dictionary I just found this:
      “In standard use, nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’: ‘the hostility of the new neighbor’s refusal left Mrs. Walker nonplussed’. In North American English, a new use has developed in recent years, meaning ‘unperturbed’—more or less the opposite of its traditional meaning: ‘hoping to disguise his confusion, he tried to appear nonplussed’. This new use probably arose on the assumption that non- was the normal negative prefix and must therefore have a negative meaning. It is not considered part of standard English”

      Argh.

      1. I will have to beware of that new meaning. Another word that now can mean its opposite is “drop,” particularly of a media series. A new episode or even a new show can be dropped by its creators, or just intransitively drop, when first put online, but the creators can also drop a show, as in stop producing it.

        Not quite an opposite, but it was many years before I realized that in Britspeak “quite” now means “somewhat,” not “very”/”completely” as in Yankspeak (and older Britspeak).

        I think that online dictionary doesn’t quite explain the non- right in nonplussed. In the original meaning it is indeed a negative, meaning that someone doesn’t know what next (plus) to do, i.e., is at a standstill, is befuddled. I do think there’s an original confusion with nonchalant or some similar word.

        1. I stumbled across the difference in ‘quite’ when an American fellow photographer thought one if the images I’d chosen to share was ‘quite good’, so I dropped it from the selection, and she then demanded to know why I was leaving her favourite shot out! But we do sometimes use it to mean ‘very’ – as in ‘that play is quite brilliant!’ Guess it depends on how you say it.

    4. This drives me nuts. I also want to scream when people use “surface” when they mean “superficial.” And “that” instead of “who.”

      1. My particular pet peeve is when people say “I am a creative” instead of “I am creative” or “I am a creator” or “I am a creative person.” I’m with you on “that” and “who;” I correct it all the time in my transcription job.

        1. I suppose the distinction is that, I gather, “a creative” is now a job classification, especially in the entertainment industry. One can be creative without working that job, and many “creatives” may figure that they’re cogs in the machine with little control over the final content, so that it would be putting on airs to call themselves “creators.” (That still leaves much room for “a creative” to be misused, of course.

  20. I am packing up to move out to the suburbs for a 12 day cat sitting gig. When I dropped off my c-pap yesterday, both cats were perched on top of the bed supervising while their “owners” folded laundry and started packing. I should be doing my own packing now, but the sound of the rain falling makes me want to stay inside until it stops. Too bad it won’t do that before I have to leave.

  21. I mowed my yard, which is not really a thing of happiness but a great harbinger of spring and summer.

    My lilac and the buddelia survived and have started to bloom, which does make me happy.

  22. Made it through the big storm with ease, due to the trusty automatic generator. Two sunny days ahead, so the 90% visible eclipse will actually be visible.

  23. It was great to walk Pixie this morning. I had to wear my sunglasses. It was warmish and not windy. Pixie doesn’t care one way or the other.

    The eclipse looks like 89% totality for my location. I don’t have any glasses so I shall have to look at the shadows. The forecast is sunny! We’ll see. Northeast PA weather can let you down.

  24. Huzzah for the New Confuser!

    I noted the discussion of trackballs – the late wife had seven or so, including four mini-trackballs that clipped on a blouse pocket or neckline, but that was over thirty years past. I usually buy mice on sale four or five at a time. I have four spare keyboards as well.

    I have the RAR Ap on my all-in-1. It lets me compress an entire directory into a self-extracting executable which I store on multiple devices. Back-ups-R-Me.

    Happiness came from the sea, this week. Crab Cakes and tuna on macaroni. Stuffed jalapeños wrapped in bacon. (Okay, those weren’t from the sea, but they were hydroponic, except for the cream cheese and bacon. Neither was the macaroni, I suppose. Never mind.)

  25. Happiness this week was getting all the family taxes done and —finally switching to a new internet provider. So fast! Pretty sure my old internet was actually hamsters on a treadmill.

    Also very happy that the laptop that I use for taxes (and pretty much only that) worked when I turned it on today.

    I celebrated all of today’s happy with a hot fudge sundae. Yum!

  26. A best friend is in town. I took a vacation day. My husband knew there was a concert I had been thinking of going to and we got tickets today. We, (the three of us),. drove an 1 and 1/2 hours went to the concert and drove back. None of us are spur of the moment types. It was wonderful.

  27. On Friday we went to St. Albert and saw the new Ghostbusters movie. I quite enjoyed it but I went in expecting to be entertained. We were able to get all of our shopping done before the movie which was nice. It was a good day.

    Saturday on my lunch break I saw an ad on Instagram for the dinosaur exhibit at the Telus World of Science in Edmonton and I texted it to Paul thinking we would go the next time we were in the city. He suggested we go on Wednesday but we couldn’t get in to see the Imax movie we wanted so yesterday after the curling (mens’ world championship) he came upstairs and suggested that we go pretty much right then. I was still in my jammies but we made it out the door in 15 minutes. He surprised me by suggesting that we could go up to the dinosaur museum a few hours north of here.

    My dinosaur cup runneth over.

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