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Saturday, Jul. 31, 2004

This is my second entry of the day, though there's not been anything earth-shattering going on. Started to install Linux, discovered I'd burned the wrong format, so having to re-download the application and re-burn it, then start over again. Not the end of the world, particularly since my ambition is on hiatus at the moment anyway. I guess the best way to learn is by trial and error sometimes. I hope this trial doesn't have too many more errors, though, at least not before I so much as get the opportunity to start the installation process.

I have accomplished a few things over the past few weeks. While my personal page isn't even CLOSE to up to date, I did add some goodies to it. Friend from Quebec took some photos from what we believe is the only fjord on the North American continent. The photos are arranged in a 'slide show' format, something I think is pretty darned nifty:

Okay maybe I'm easily amused, but I thought it turned out well, and I very much appreciate his driving a fair distance to take the series of photos. I find some of them breathtaking, and all of them show a very different landscape than I have seen in a long, long time. (Incidentally, you can get several free scripts in various formats from such sites as The author of this particular script is David G. Miles - his page is at

Wal Mart beckoned today. I got groceries and hit the sales racks, and walked away with a couple of good deals on things I needed, both things I've put off buying for a long time. I am still trying not to cut too deeply into my budget, but had to weed out out another round of clothes that no longer fit. Not as many this time, thank goodness. I'm buying things that allow for a pretty flexible size - sweaters and tees and stretchy pants, mainly. I accidentally bought a pair of pants a little while back that were too small, wasn't paying attention and picked up the wrong size. I decided to keep them anyway. I can get into them now, they're just too tight and don't look good. Same for a pair of jeans, some where I bought according to size and only paid $5, but the size isn't accurate. I can get them on and zip them (barely) but it gives me a case of dunlap's belly that I don't otherwise have, so I'll have to wait a little longer to actually wear them.

I really need to exercise - I've lost the weight everywhere except my abdomen. If I lost it there, I'd be at least one, and maybe two sizes smaller. That surprised me. Normally in the past when I lost weight, it lingered on my hips. I've always had a tiny waist proportionate to the rest of me.

Still haven't put any money down on furniture. Given the fact that I'm not sure what will ultimately happen with Boss, I figure it's more prudent now just to stash the money away until the immediate future is less muddied. If nothing else, I'll have the money saved to go in and pay cash for what I want when things are straightened out.

I guess I should pick my butt up and go back to the Linux installation, now that I have the correct format burned (I hope). I don't have a floppy drive on the machine, so I have to install the OS (Operating System) in the form of a bootable CD. I think I'm there with this version. Now I am back to an attempt to boot up my ambition!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )