Friday, March 23, 2007

Celebrate Spring

Yesterday I planned to celebrate the coming of spring by taking the flannel sheets off the bed and putting on the regular ones (which, sadly, are getting a bit threadbare, but I like the colors so much I really don't want to give them up). That didn't work out yesterday because we were too busy waiting for hot water. But today I was able to wash the winter sheets with LOTS of HOT water! Yay!

Another thing to celebrate today was an email from colleagues saying they had signed off on the copy of the New Testament they've been working on for many years--which means it is off to the typesetters. Nice to be able to celebrate milestones like that with them.

I haven't really gotten into spring cleaning yet, but I did do a complete empty of my email inbox today--finally ordering a book written by a friend I've been going to do for months, finally responding to a greeting I've been going to do for weeks, and finally sending in a donation I've been been going to do for days. That might be worth celebrating too!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Open Rehearsal

Our small group decided to go the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus free open rehearsal of the Messiah last evening.
I know I've blogged about it before, but the Meyerson Center is really a pretty cool building!
Rachel joined us. Her college choir had done the Messiah a few years back, so it was all I could to to keep her from singing along!
One of our group members is an alto in the chorus, so we had a chance to support her and hear some great music at the same time.
This might not exactly be opera (Ma, that comment was for you), but it is the closest I'm likely to get. You know the music was great. The only thing that was maybe just a tad weird for me was the alto solos being sung by a countertenor. One had to wonder if he was singing falsetto, or, um, had other issues.
The downtown Dallas skyline is pretty cool too!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I John 4:10

He was not
to love me.

Nor did I
beg for
his love.

He loves me without
a second thought,
because he said he would.

Love me.


I've had three or four people in the last week come to my office, or call me on the phone, or bump into me in the ladies' room and ask me some minor question about something or other. They say in a sweet tone of voice, "You know everything" then proceed to ask their question about what time does Bible study start, where to find help for some software program, how do you post things to the new intranet, how to get money transferred from the Philippines, etc. I've decided people come to me because 1) I'm an administrative assistant, and 2)I've lived here a long time.

The other thing that I sometimes get told is, "You think you know everything." This is usually said with a considerably less-sweet tone of voice.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Bit of Technology

This week I got a letter (on paper!) from Roadrunner, our latest broadband company (before that it was AT&T then Comcast). They told me I needed to do blah, blah to convert my website from Comcast over to Roadrunner by March 31. So I followed their instructions, and converted away, acquiring yet another email address in the process.

Several days later, only one of my three websites had converted (mine, my daughter's, and my son's, all of which are under our account). So then I started getting worried that all that work was going to end up lost in cyberspace, never to be seen again. At that point I started trying to figure out a decent way to back up my website (probably something I should have already been doing, but hadn't). I'm still waiting for the conversion to be complete, and if and when it is, I'll mention it here. In the mean time, my my old address still seems to work. I don't know for how long.

So off I go to the web, searching for free software to help me. The web spider didn't quite do the trick, nor did the web clone program. (Or maybe I just didn't know how to use these programs.) But then I remembered my trusty FTP program. So after upgrading it to the newest version, I was able to do the opposite of what I normally do with the program,and completely download my website to back it up on my own computer. It only took 20 minutes and I was quite proud of myself for figuring out how to do that. (If any geeks are reading this, forgive me for thinking this was clever of me.)

And while I'm at it, do all of you readers (all two of you) know about RSS? I really don't know much about it, but an RSS program (there are several to choose from) tells you everytime a blog is updated without you having to go look for it. That is, you tell it all the blogs you want to be appraised of, and it will tell you each time any blog on your list has been updated. Saves time going to check them all when half of your watched blogs only update once a month.