Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Being Grown Up AND Being Childlike...

Well, the poor computer is still in the shop. It looks as if they will have to replace the whole hard drive, but at least it is still under warranty! In the meantime, I try not to mope too much when I sit in my office and stare at that empty space where the eMac should be...

Today was FREEZING, but by tomorrow, it is supposed to get warm enough to rain! Once the kids got on the bus, I ventured into the woods with my digital camera to record some of the Christmas Card scenery I saw all around me with each tree and branch coated in fluffy wet snow that froze to almost crystal perfection when the temperatures dropped last night. As snow crunched beneath my boots and I kept my camera tucked inside my coat between shots, I was reminded once again of just how much I love looking through the lens of a camera and capturing the world around me. I used to go for long walks like this in University where I majored in both photography and printmaking... looking for the right lighting and composition to make an interesting shot.

Keeping that childlike wonder about our lives, even in the face of minor (or major) challenges isn’t always easy, but it is important. Crunching through the snow slowed me down and really made me look at how beautiful our world can be when we aren’t rushing past the scenery to get somewhere.

Of course it is also important to know when you have to be grown up too. Getting things done, even tasks that you would rather avoid than tackle, is an important part about being a mature individual. Without a computer, I have no reason not to sort out the little piles and bags of receipts from shows or trip or other things that have piled up on my office floor. I think that I’d rather floss a cat than sort and tidy, but there is a slight satisfaction as some piles get smaller and pieces of paper are either sorted or tossed. Dare I hope to have a tidy office by Christmas??

Wanhhhhh! I want my computer back!!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Two Steps Forward... One Step Back!

Maybe I shouldn’t have been so happy on Thursday about getting the computer back, getting the website updated and finally being able to blog again! By Friday at noon the computer was worse than ever and wouldn’t even run the diagnostic disk I’d purchased... so as soon as Nick got home, in it went for another check up. The technician did admit that he’d done nothing more than defragg the drive and then check the programs with the most basic diagnostic tools he had. This time, I asked him to crawl through there and find out what is WRONG!! My poor computer!!!

The weekend was a flurry of sleep overs, swim lessons, planning for the Advent Gathering at church, baking a new recipe for Christmas cookies etc. Last night’s turnout wasn’t as good as we’d hoped for, but those who came certainly enjoyed themselves. The girls and I will finish colouring the window ourselves this week.

So, instead of working on one graphics project, this morning is all about getting to one particularly stubborn pile of clutter on my office floor and making sure that all the tiny pieces of paper, receipts, fabric bits etc. get filed or put back in their proper places. I just can’t procrastinate about it any more!!!

Sniff.... I want my computer back and working properly!!!