Yesterday Was a Good Day!
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Yesterday Was a Good Day!

I went to see my Mom and her SO and spent about 6 hours with them. We made good food: mashed potatoes and pan-fried vendace and it was delicious. The SO makes the best mashed potatoes and the potatoes were particularly flavorful/tasty this time so the mash was even better than usually.

I upgraded their Windows 10 laptop to Windows 11 – it had been nagging them to upgrade for about a year, and the  main reason we hadn’t done it yet is that my laptop can’t physically run Windows 11 (it’s missing some needed component). Mom doesn’t really understand things like upgrading programs etc. and almost everything being in English makes it worse (she doesn’t speak English), so I have to give her computer support via telephone rather a lot, and it’s easier when we have the same OS. But she’s been getting fed up with the upgrade nagging, and I figure Windows 11 is still Windows so it shouldn’t be too different. Worst case scenario I have to go over a little more often so not worse case at all!

The upgrade went quickly and smoothly! They have a very slow, basic internet connection so I connected their laptop to my smart phone’s internet  and it only took about an hour to download the Windows 11 installation files. The upgrade itself kept all the files and settings so no reinstalling everything needed. I remember the times when upgrading Windows and reinstalling everything took a whole weekend! It’s so painless now.

Yesterday was a really good day! Even my head didn’t burst into a migraine even though it threatened to in the evening. Courtesy of Ajovy :mrgreen:

Friday 5 for October 6: Boo!
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Friday 5 for October 6: Boo!

This week’s questions over at 😀 

1. How easily are you startled?

Not easily at all. I rarely get truly scared in real life and never watching a movie or reading a book.

2. What music do you find scary?

No music is scary. Music can and does contribute very much in a scary/creepy/tense scene in a movie but music by itself isn’t ever scary to me.

3. When did you last attend a performance you didn’t think highly of?

I don’t attend performances as a rule (money and migraine) and the very few ones are the ones I know I’ll enjoy beforehand because it’s a band or an artist or a play I enjoy already. So I’d have to go with the time in the 1980s when I was in school and we as part of the school curriculum went to see a handful of art performances. One of which was some ballet in the city theatre. I didn’t think much of that one because I have never enjoyed ballet, and at the time I also didn’t appreciate classical music.

4. What caused your most recent small cut or scrape?

I’m not entirely sure but I think I scratched myself in my sleep 2 nights ago. The whole episode was kind of weird because I just suddently noticed 6 short red scratches on the back of my right hand very late in the evening on Wednesday. I’d been doing stuff that day with my hands that I’d think I’d noticed the red velts during the 12 hours or so of writing, typing, emptying the dishwasher etc. I also don’t think I did anything during the day to cause the scratches so I must’ve made the nail marks while sleeping the previous night. Maybe the velts just took unusually long to show up?

5. When was your ego most recently bruised, and what did you do to recover?

I can’t remember.

Weird September
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Weird September

This September has been so weird! Normally the average temperature in September is around 10-12 degrees Celcius, but this year the temperature has been closer to 20 than 10. Days have been around 18-19 degrees, with nights going down to maybe about 14 from what I’ve observed. It certainly isn’t normal to be having 18 degree days when October is only a two days away. Usually I don’t have to have my fan running a lot in September anymore, but I’ve been running it every day at least for a while because it’s too warm inside and keeping windows open.

But somehow it hasn’t been warm like 18 degrees should be – instead it’s been kind of chilly/sticky/maybe sunny and if you put a thin long sleeved shirt on, it’s too much but if you’re in normal short sleeved t-shirt, you’re kind of almost cold. It’s like you can’t get comfortable no matter how you dress right now 🤨

Or maybe it’s just my body that is is out of whack… most other people are wearing normal autumn clothes (wind proof jackets and trousers, closed shoes) and I’m in my summer outfits because I get hot if I wear even thinnest long sleeves, but kind of cold but not really if I’m not wearing it 🤪 And the past little more than a week, every morning around 9-10 I notice I’m hot and sweating indoors when all sense says I shouldn’t be and there nothing causing it as far as I can tell. So is the weather weird or am I when I feel the weather’s being all muggy and sweaty and weird for being September? My Mom did say the other day after having been out for a stroll that she thought too the weather was weird that day. Honestly though, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s my body being weird considering all the chronic illnesses and deficiencies it has and the amount and number of medications needed to keep it functional!

Not to mention, I’m the age that statistically I might/should be in  perimenopause now or start it any moment now. I can’t tell whether I am or not – I don’t have any of the typical symptoms I’ve read about except the hot flashes thing but I’ve been getting easily over heated since I was a kid and nothing’s been so out of the ordinary that I could say for sure I’m in perimenopause. No to mention that my chronic illnesses themselves and their medications can affect the body’s ability to control temperature as well somewhat, according to my doctors. And I’ve also read that there are also women who don’t get the symptoms or hot flashes and only realize they’re in menopause when their periods stop, and that you can’t know whether or not you’ll get mild symptoms, horrible symptoms or no symptoms at all until they happen or not. Anyway, menopause is on my mind somewhat the last few years because I’m so ready to be done with periods!

Anyway, September has been weirding me out and that’s never happened before!

Jo’s Daily Questions – September 2023
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Jo’s Daily Questions – September 2023

Answers to Jo’s Daily Questions for September!

1 – World Letter Writing Day: Do you still write actual letters to anyone (email doesn’t count!)? Did you have penpals when you were young(er)? Do you miss receiving actual letters in the mail (or any mail other than junk/flyers)?

No. No. Except for the two years I was doing library studies away from home town and when my Mom would write me letters sometimes (but we usually called), I’ve never gotten anything but bills via mail. So no, I don’t miss it.

2 – Bring Your Manners to Work Day: Bring Your Manners To Work Day was created by The Protocol School of Washington to remind people of the importance of treating people with courtesy and respect in the workplace. How important is it to you to have fulfilling relationships both with colleagues and customers/clients? Have the challenges posed by COVID changed how you view the concepts of courtesy and respect in the workplace?

Can’t really answer this. I haven’t worked for the last 15 years due to being ill, and before that I only had short temp jobs where none of that mattered in a deeper way. It was always important to me to be professional and helpful as much as I could both with co-workers and the library customers, but I wouldn’t call them fulfilling relationships? The jobs were too short for for the most part.

3 – World Beard Day: Beards — yay or nay?

Most nay. But yay for Rory McCann’s Sandor Clegane and mirror!Spock. Continue reading Jo’s Daily Questions – September 2023

The Friday Five for 22 September 2023
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The Friday Five for 22 September 2023

My answers to today’s question at thefridayfive@Dreamwidth

1. What’s your favourite musical?

I haven’t seen a musical since Moulin Rouge came out, but my favorite used to be Silk Stockings and Singing in the Rain. I also LOVE the song Roxanne from Moulin Rouge the movie. But as a whole, I think it’d have to be either Silk Stockings or Singing in the Rain.

2. Would you rather star in: a musical or movie?

Movie. I can’t dance and my singing sounds like a cat being tortured to death.

3. Which actor do you think deserves to be in a musical rather than a movie?

Donno, don’t care.

4. Which is bigger in your opinion, the Oscars or the Tony Awards?

Oscars just because I don’t what the Tony Awards are. I assume for musicals considering the topic but don’t know.

5. Should old musicals be shown in cinemas for those who didn’t have the chance to catch it?

I’d LOVE it 😀 And I mean the musicals made in the 1940s and 1950s, none of this newer crap.