Wednesday, June 28, 2006

the latest news

I haven't been feeling at all well lately, for the past several weeks. So finally, last night, Erin and Margo managed to convince me that I really ought to go ahead and see someone at the Student Health Center to see if they can figure out what's wrong. They had already convinced me to get a medical exam, but I had figured that I would see My Brother The Chiropractor when I go home in July. But it's gotten to the point that I just decided I'd better see what they can say here. There was nothing that decisive, and we're getting some lab work done to see if that will help us to a more conclusive diagnosis. But ... it seems there's a good chance that it might be diabetes and/or other metabolism- and insulin-related problems. I'm not too happy about that, but I can't say that I would be too surprised, either. And, luckily, My Brother The Chiropractor has lots of great ideas for helping control diabetes without necessarily having to deal with the constant blood testing and insulin injections and such (depending, of course, on how severe the case is).

In the meantime, I'm still enjoying the graciously-lent Amelia Peabody books from Kimberly and generally feeling queasy, achy, and slightly feverish all the time. Oh yeah, and SUPER thirsty! And tired. Anyway... I'll be sure to keep the blog updated as I find out more.

Oh, and we finally got our internet router to start working again. We've had plenty of problems with our internet connections during the last week or two. Our ISP finally fixed the connection, but then the router wasn't working properly, so we could only access the internet from Erin's computer. That was all right, since there wasn't anything I particularly needed it for, and Erin has online classes she has to use the internet for. But today, finally, it's back working again. We don't even know why. It just decided it liked us again, I guess. Or that we'd suffered enough.

As many of you knew, the last quote was from "Kryptonite" by Three Doors Down.

Shall we submit? Are we but slaves? Love comes alike to high and low! (103 points, and an extra 20 if you can quote the next line)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

stuff and junk

I've been really getting in to CSS code lately. I knew about CSS from my web design class that I took years ago at BYU, but I only ever used it for text presentation and didn't really get it very well. It's only been in the last week or so that I have started learning myself how to do layout with CSS. I've re-designed my website homepage and am working on my classes page, and I'm very excited about it all. I'll be sure and let you know right away when the new version goes live so that you can see what I've been up to. Also, I'm trying to find a new place to host my blog, where I can get more sophisticated with it. I need to talk to Paul about that.

I went to see the new Pixar movie "Cars" last Thursday, and LOVED it!! I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard, let alone at a movie. (Actually, come to think of it, I think the last time I laughed that hard was when Katie came to visit in April.) Erin and I were saying we felt like we had missed half of the movie, because you know that there's so much more going on in each scene than what are you are aware of at any given moment. I will definitely be seeing that again. I just can't emphasize enough how much I love Pixar.

Oh, and Kimberly got a new computer. *sigh!* It's a Mac. *sigh!* Don't get me wrong -- Ladislaw/Percy has been very good to me, and I'm still very happy with him. But he is getting older, and I'm starting to really need more memory than he has, and I'd love more resolution as well. And -- don't tell him this, but I really wanted a Mac in the first place. I won't be affording that for some time still, but for now Kimberly lets me come over and salivate over her new laptop, which hasn't been named yet. (Lest anyone worry, I want to assure you that I don't literally salivate over it -- not only would that be detrimental to the computer, it would also be just plain gross.)

Plans are shaping up for the Shakespearean Festival (lovingly referred to as ShakeFest2006) trip in late July. I'm also seriously considering a short trip to New York City with Katie at the end of August, before going back home to see my family for the annual weekend-before-the-weekend-before-Labor-Day event.

"If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?" (40 points)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

the only radio station you'll ever need

Erin just introduced me to this great website, It's an online radio-station maker, so to speak. You type in the name of an artist or song you like, and it searches their database to find music that's similar, and then creates a radio station playing that music. You can give it feedback about which songs you like or don't like -- even which ones you like, but you're sick of hearing them, so that the station won't play it again for a month. Pretty darn cool stuff. And they even have people like Rosemary Clooney in there, so it's a pretty safe bet that you can find something you like in all that. I can't wait to start using this at work -- I've been listening to some AccuRadio, but their volume is kind of sporadic, and it's hard to find a level that's quiet enough it doesn't distract others working around me, but loud enough that I can actually hear it.