The weather report from the past week: There was a lot of snow, then it got very cold, then it warmed up and rained a lot. Now it’s a bit warmer than normal and if it wasn’t for the huge crusty gray piles of snow in corners of parking lots and along the streets you’d think it’s a normal January here.
It was supposed to be the first normal workweek since mid-December, but the extreme snow and cold disrupted the normalcy. I was one of the only people at my company to drive in every day of the week despite the conditions. I just work better in the office than I do at home, especially when the office is quiet because no one else is there.
[The background music here is classical music, today, specifically the works of film composer John Williams. I just had to stop to listen to the theme from Dances with Wolves, and now it’s the music from Superman.]
My mom continues to do pretty well. We postponed a doctor appointment because of the cold weather, and she hasn’t been out much in the last week, but other than that she’s good. The rest of my family is having issues. I don’t want to go into them here. I’m shaking my head a lot, though.
I trekked out to Ann Arbor to see John Finan (jjfmi) and Sharon Tse play music at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room last night. They sounded great and it was good to see them again. Crazy Wisdom is a wonderful store, and I always want to buy things there even though I’m pretty much a skeptic on everything now. On the other hand, I do own two tarot decks already, so … consider the source.
The big event at work is, I was assigned a new computer late last week: A MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1. It’s so new I probably do not match its system requirements for coolness. It needs a couple of things, like the ability to connect to the network drives I need daily (d’oh!), but it has a couple of perks. Usually they take the really fun stuff off new computers before they hand them out. Not this time. This one has GarageBand (recording software) and iMovie. Don’t tell anyone. I think this computer will have to come home with me every day. That is, once I figure out how to attach a microphone to it. It has USB and FireWire ports and an HDMI port, but nothing to connect audio devices to that I’m used to. I can’t do much to accommodate music recording, since it isn’t my machine and it’s for typesetting, but … well, I’m going to do a little research.
Anyway, that’s the news from here. Sending it back to you, Chet.
ETA (Jan. 13): After I posted this, I remembered that the theme for Dances with Wolves was composed by John Barry. DUH. I guess I’m not sure what the program was anymore, maybe just movie themes in general.