Monthly Archives: December 2009

It’s a two-fer!

Task 015. No nail biting for a week.

I’ve done it! I’ve not bitten my fingernails in (over) a week! This was the one thing I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do – I’ve been biting my fingernails as long as I can remember. I’m so very proud of myself!! I even sent a picture to my mother (lol!!). I’m so very happy to be crossing off Task 015. Now let’s see how long I can keep it up!

Task 096. Delete my MySpace profile.

Today, I’ve also deleted my MySpace profile. Hooray!! I hardly ever checked it anyhow, and every time I did I was overloaded with spam and whorish pictures. Good riddance to bad rubbish, as my grandmother used to say. There goes Task 096!

Now to update my master list!

Under the Dome

034. Read 200 books

Book 006 was Stephen King’s Under The DomeUnder the Dome. It was very, very long. I had gotten my hands on the audio book so I could listen at work. The whole thing was 34 hours long! I’d forgotten my mantra when reading his books – don’t get attached to any character!! The fictional city of Chester’s Mill, ME had a population of over 2000 people on “dome day”. By the time the ordeal was over, they were down to 16. Yes, you read right. SIXTEEN PEOPLE survived.

He does seem to have some stereotypical character “formats” that run through a bunch of books. I did notice some similarities between characters in this book and It. I could see a lot of Henry Bowers in Rennie, and a lot of “Stuttering Bill” Denbrough in Barbie.

I have to say, though, it really irritated me that all of the “bad” characters were Christians and Republicans, and stereotypical ones at that. Rennie was depicted as practically worshiping a poster of Sarah Palin on his wall. I did find this post that explains it much better than I ever could. This review on Amazon is very well written, as well.

The resolution was disappointing. Clearly, an alien device was at work in creating the Dome, however, it was never clearly explained just WHAT it was. A child’s toy. A universe within a universe.  Almost like a mirror within a mirror.  Children playing with a doll house. All it takes for them to stop is “Please?” Seriously?  Also, there’s no satisfaction in “defeating” the bad guy.  Also, the man who was reading the audio book gave them all Southern accents instead of New England ones. Go figure.

Be forewarned.. there are GRAPHIC depictions of gang rape and murder, as well as rampant drug use (Because, of course, all of us Christian Republicans use drugs, rape, beat, and kill people!).

Quick update

I’ve got a lot of things in progress, but a lot of my goals are ongoing anyway.

I’ve been working on 015. No nail biting for a week. So far, it’s been three days. I’ve been tempted, but I try to consciously remove my hands from my mouth in time. My hands look prettier already!

I’ve also started my first scarf for 044. Participate in the Red Scarf Project. I’ve got about six rows done. Not much, but it’s a start! I try to do a few rows when I’m having a hard time falling asleep. It helps calm me, I think, so falling asleep is easier.

I hope to be updating more in the future!

Day 35

092. Get external hard drive.

Scott and I had been discussing getting an external hard drive for about six months, now. He agreed it would be a good investment for us, and then I went about researching what we’d want. We decided (well, I decided) that a 1TB would be best, that way we wouldn’t need to get a new one once that was full. Our hard drive on the laptop is 320GB and that’s almost full, so we’d need at least double that, and I figured I’d wait until I could get a good deal on a 1TB.

There were some on newegg.com that were fairly inexpensive (about $120) that would suit our needs fine. I’d been holding off to the new year. Then, when we were in Syracuse visiting family for Thanksgiving, I went to Target with my mom because they had the iPod Nano that Alex wanted on sale and in stock. They also had the first 3 seasons of Supernatural on sale and in stock, but that’s another story! On a whim, I took my mom over to the peripherals section of electronics. They had a ton of the smaller HDDs but only 1 (ONE!!) 1TB, on sale for $109.99. I snatched that puppy up quick.

We ended up with a HP Simple Save. It works really well. It comes with backup software pre-loaded. I deleted it all to have more space, though, so I can’t tell you how it works. All I need to do is drag and drop what I want to the drive. I’ve moved all of our audio/ebooks onto it and made a shortcut so that we can still access them from the desktop like we used to. So far, all is well and I plan to move our music library over and figure out how to get the Zune software to recognize it all. I’ve also read you can install the Zune software directly to the HDD and run it from there, so I might look into that instead.