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A few things

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
First and foremost, I needed cheering up, so I uploaded this movie (from two weeks ago) to Clipshack. Next, I was reading Lifehacker, of course, and ran across this, which is quite handy. " . . . a simple little application designed to let you pin any program to the top layer of your desktop, meaning you can make any program 'always on top.' "

Following that link led me to this, which solves a minor annoyance of mine as well. "Sometimes we open our programs in a specific sequence, to keep their taskbar buttons in a desired order. But what happens if a program crashes or we close it, and then we open it again? That's right - its task button ends up last in the taskbar. Windows itself does not allow us to move the task buttons around, so we are stuck with two options: either accept the new order, or close everything and reopen them in the preferred order. TaskArrange brings an end to this annoyance, by letting us do exactly what we want: reorder the task buttons."
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Oh, now that's funny

This made me laugh out loud, and boy did I need that! Courtesy of my office roomie (I wish I was at work!)/Jay/Mr. R./UM.
2/28/2006 12:56:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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It gets better and better

Guess what's happening with my right eye now? It's pink and itchy, there's a clue for you. At this rate, I'll be totally blind soon, at least temporarily. Crap.

On the plus side, my boss was more concerned about my eye than my being able to be in the office. He's a good guy. He agreed to let me work as much as I felt up to as long as I would rest when I needed to rest, which I thought was much more than fair. However, with my right eye now involved, I won't be able to work very much, since I won't even have one good eye. Unless my left clears up pdq.

It does look a lot better today than yesterday, I have to say. It's still pink and swollen, but the swelling is much reduced. I think the eyedrops the opthalmologist gave me are making a difference there. But seriously. Crap.

Boy, this blog is just a joy to read lately, isn't it?
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Monday, February 27, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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Very cool and very uncool

This is very cool. "Freeware program John’s Background Switcher regularly changes your desktop wallpaper based on your preferences." You can select from pictures on your computer, or from Flickr. That's handy stuff there.

This next part is not cool at all. I went to see my doctor this morning, and he took one look at my eye and referred me to an opthalmologist. He said he was worried that it could be something more serious and/or an allergic reaction to the eyedrops he prescribed last week. Fortunately, he was able to get me in to an eye doc just down the road, virtually immediately.

Here's the good news. It is just pinkeye. And now for our lesson for the day: there are two basic types of pinkeye - bacterial and viral. The bacterial type is easily treated and clears up within a day or two after treatment begins. The viral type generally clears up within 3 - 5 days without treatment, but with much pain and suffering.

Guess which kind I have?

You betcha. Viral. Now here's the thing. Since it hasn't cleared up by 5 days, the eye doc said it was very probably a resistant version, and the same virus is causing my cold symptoms. Loverly. He did give me a free sample of eyedrops that should help ease the swelling and pain, but will do absolutely nothing to cure it. Nothing will cure it, except time. Here's the kicker - he said he's seen the resistant versions last up. to. three. weeks.

Need I remind you that I have very little leave time, since I was just recently on maternity leave?


I've got a call in to my boss to see what he wants me to do. Clearly, I can't go in to the office because I'm contagious as all hell. But the state generally frowns on telecommuting as a habit, so I don't know if that option will play. We'll see what he says when he gets free and calls me back.

Double sigh.
2/27/2006 02:41:00 PM :: 2 comments ::

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Wish me luck

I got in with my doctor today. The nurse said he definitely wanted to see me and look at my eye. So it's good that he's taking it seriously. I'm hardly working at all today, because I have a tremendous headache from only having one eye that can see clearly. My left is extremely swollen and my vision from that eye is quite blurry. Driving should be fun! If you're in this town, stay off the roads just before 11:40!

Just kidding - I'm actually able to drive without killing anyone. But I can only see out of one eye. Squinty McPinky, that's me.
2/27/2006 10:04:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Very strange

Lauren was asleep last night when Mark met my folks to pick her up around 5ish. She stayed asleep until this morning! And, bonus, her eye is not the least bit pink. She did tell me that she was thinking about pinkeye yesterday, so maybe that's why she was rubbing her eye. Or maybe just because she was clearly very tired. I don't know.

In any case, both the kids are off to school and day care, Mark is feeling better so he's off to work. It's just me here at the house, because my eye is actually worse. I'm starting to think it's something other than pinkeye, because it should have started to clear up by now. In about 5 minutes, I'll start calling my doctor to see if I can get in today.

Oh joy.
2/27/2006 07:59:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Oh no!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2006
Lauren had a sleepover at my parents' house last night. She slept restlessly, according to my mom, which is very unusual for her.

Guess what she started doing late morning?

Scratching her eye almost uncontrollably. Looks like pinkeye has struck a third member of this house. Mark is next. And Sam is coughing and sneezing, so it looks like he's caught our cold for sure.

Damn it.

2/26/2006 05:11:00 PM :: 2 comments ::

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This be bad

My eye is still red, swollen, and watery. This is a bad thing. My doc said I'd be highly contagious for 24 - 48 hours after my eye cleared. Most cases of pinkeye last 3 - 5 days. Tomorrow will be 5 days. I was really hoping it would be clear this morning so that I could go to work tomorrow without fear of being Typhoid Mary, but that isn't going to happen. And I have a couple of things to do tomorrow that require me actually being in the office. Dammit, dammit, dammit.

In other news, both Mark and I have colds, so he'll probably be staying home tomorrow too. Sam is sniffly and coughing, but doesn't seem too bad. It could be due to his teeth, which still haven't poked through, but are visible beneath his gum. Of course, he gets antibodies from me which protect him to a certain extent. Maybe that's why his pinkeye cleared up in a couple of days, instead of lasting forever like mine. Lauren is fine, no sign of any illness whatsoever.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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Much fun

Friday, February 24, 2006
Sam is at that interesting stage of development where he can roll over onto his stomach, but hasn't yet figured out how to get back on his back. It goes something like this:
Sam is playing on the floor, gurgling happily, and smiling at Lauren. Sam gets himself flipped over onto his belly. He is proud of his efforts. He surveys the room from this new perspective, and thinks he's pretty cool. Oh no! Tragedy! Drama! Suddenly, Sam remembers that he HATES being on his belly. If you're paying attention, you can actually watch this realization wash over his face. "Wah, wah, wah!!!! Somebody help me!!!" I help him flip back over. Lather, rinse, repeat.
He does not go on beds anymore unless we're staying right beside him. You can imagine the joy this scenario brings me at 2:00 in the morning, when he gets himself stuck on his belly. Numerous times. ;-)
2/24/2006 01:45:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Such a copycat

I'm totally copying Lori-Lyn on this, but it's a cool idea. I'd love to have you participate. Click here to pick some words that describe me. And because I can take criticism, here's the negative version.
2/24/2006 08:13:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Boo hoo

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Guess what I have? Go on, guess!

That's right, it's pinkeye. I just talked to my doc, and he has no openings today. From talking to me, he thinks it's viral rather than bacterial, so there's little they can do. He's calling in a scrip for eyedrops, which will just keep bacteria from forming in my eye. I think he just wants me to feel like I'm doing something, kwim?

He said I'll be highly contagious for a couple of days after my eye clears. Grand. I asked him about work, and he said I shouldn't go back until Monday. I have so little leave since being off on maternity leave, that's just fricking great. I was trying to build up a little leave in case one of the kids got sick, but that seems unlikely to happen since I have to be off today and tomorrow. I'm working from home, though, so I can turn in some time. Just not enough/as much as if I were actually at work. Plus, you know, I am buried at the moment, and this is very bad timing. Grrrrr.

Go wash your hands.

2/23/2006 10:42:00 AM :: 2 comments ::

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

What a great set of images. I found this by using Netvibes as my home page (which I highly recommend, btw). Any Flickr photos tagged with "colorful" show up there, at least briefly - it's the most current 10 photos. The paper clips showed up today, I liked them, and followed the link. And found a very interesting set of photos. I'll have to keep checking to see if more are posted.

Isn't the web neat that way?

For nice photos, I also like ddoi.
2/21/2006 05:46:00 PM :: 3 comments ::

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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And another thing

Sunday, February 19, 2006
In the post that Blogger ate, I also gave Sam's stats from his 4 month well child check. Let's do the math. At birth, 10/13/05, he was 6 pounds 12 ounces, and 19.5 inches long. At 4 months, he was 15 pounds 15 ounces, and 25 inches long. WOW!
2/19/2006 11:58:00 AM :: 1 comments ::

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After a slow start . . .

Our crystals are finally starting to grow!

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

2/19/2006 11:49:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Blogger ate my homework

Saturday, February 18, 2006
I swear, I posted yesterday, but Blogger ate it. Sam has pinkeye. In both eyes. And he's cutting his first two teeth. And thanks to the teeth, he has cold symptoms. It's been kind of rough so far, for him more than us, I'd imagine. But this is the bad part about babies. Of course, being a chill little dude, he's still pretty happy, all things considered. No one else has pinkeye (yet), and we're all washing our hands a lot. He shouldn't be contagious after tonight, because he'll have been on the antiobiotic eyedrops for 24 hours at that point. Wish us luck.
2/18/2006 03:40:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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It's a special day

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Happy birthday, Lori-Lyn!!!
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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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Cool idea

Tuesday, February 07, 2006
This is handy. A local business directory called Lopico (Local Picks Online) with services rated by users. Add your favorite restaurants, hair salons, stores, etc. Cool idea. Found it on eHub.
2/07/2006 08:48:00 AM :: 1 comments ::

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How. Completely. Cool.

Monday, February 06, 2006
Via Techcrunch. You know what else is funny? How many of these I have tried or use daily. Via BoingBoing.

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This n that

This is a great article on e-mail chaos control at 43 Folders. Go read it. Yesterday we had three 5-year-olds at the house, and had a grand time. Details later, maybe, in case you care. Sam is doing wonderfully, and is just such a happy, chubby, chill little guy. I adore these kids. And here's a great recipe that is not exactly light or low-fat, but damn, is it good . . . Chocolate chip dip 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips Blend ingredients together, and serve with graham cracker sticks.
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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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Very cool wiki

Friday, February 03, 2006
I'm checking out PBWiki for work purposes. So far it looks great, especially as a tool to communicate and share information with the whole team. If they'll just use it. They're a bunch of geeks, so maybe they will. We shall see.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
This looks like it could be handy. Watson, via Lifehacker.

"Free Windows software Watson is like an automated research assistant for your Microsoft Office suite."
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