The new PC is in and up/running. It’s taking a bit of work to get it where I want it but I knew that would happen. Getting it to where I want it includes but is not limited to: getting rid of bloatware, adding my usual software, adding all my files, adding all my music and videos, etc. Fine-tuning the music is a time-consuming obsession and I have too much work to do to fuss much with it.
Work – yeah, I have a lot of market research to do. Too much in fact. In mid-October we get two days off for the annual teachers convention. Carjo and I are planning a run to the Twin Cities to see family and friends, eat at real restaurants, and a little stocking up on essentials. So I have to pound furiously on the keys and get these spreadsheets done by then.
Wait, you might ask, what is the fuss with music files? You just throw MP3s into the music and you’re good to roll. Oh sweet summer child, you have no idea. MP3 is a pretty good format for a smart phone, but it sucks sweat-embossed donkey balls in a decent audio setup. Nope, I go either WAV or FLAC whenever possible. Those files are big and take time to load/rip. Then I have to correct my media player on genre, release year, sometimes even the name of the artist, and yeah, it takes time. So I do it sparingly, in the background. And that doesn’t even take into account adding all the live shows which no media player recognizes which takes even more time. So all that is WAY on the back burner. I might get to it by Thanksgiving break.
Driving the school bus has been interesting. I have a new route and there are several problem children on it. A couple with real learning/behavior issues and a few from broken homes whose grasp of social niceties is fragile at best. One child in the former category is so disruptive we now have a faculty member ride in the afternoon to keep this unholy five-year-old from hurting herself or others. So I’m not loving the job this school year. These things are hard enough to drive without such distractions and I have a LOT of distractions.
Today we had wet snow pelting down and clinging to everything. Usually a change in the weather works up the little kids and I was dreading this. It’s bad enough bouncing down a rough road, dodging oil trucks, and looking for farmsteads in the darkness. But for some reason they were all quiet this morning. I am certain I will be repaid with utter chaos this afternoon but hey, the weekend starts right after that run. Which means BEER. I can get through this.
Have a great weekend. There may be pet pictures but I ain’t making promises. There’s a lot to get done here.