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Archive for October 2nd, 2008

“What else can I do?” (A Contest!)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

One More Try, One More Time

My friend Deb Robson/The Independent Stitch has had computer problems for weeks and weeks. Her tech support has been able to confirm that there is a problem but no help fixing it.

One day as she posted about this situation, she talked about how she has been working around the issues in what seems to be a corrupt filesapbucketsunshinebouquet.jpg (this is a complete book, a very complex document). In essence, when something does not work she asks herself what else she can do that she has not tried yet.

I am working on a much smaller book project, four small children’s learn-to-read books for my mother. I had the disadvantage of having to learn how to use the document layout program at the same time as creating the first book. Mom and I had to learn to speak the same language in order to make sure I was producing what she envisioned.

Now I have a book that prints perfectly from my production printer in my home. I “only” have to upload the document to a high-speed printing house and then she can have one proof copy printed to see if it translated properly. I can’t upload. It is complaining about something I did wrong.

I go look at the “how to do this right” pages that they provide, and do it exactly as they say, and it does not work the way they say it will. I have been going around on this for far too long, and Googling when the site in question could not give me any more hints.

Today I broke through. I did not get it exactly as they want it, but I did get a different result after dozens of tries that previously got the same result.

So I’m learning to use Deb’s “What else can I do?” method. I feel like I am crawling but I guess I am not sitting still.

The Autumn Blues: a Cure?

In other news, it is fully autumn in Michigan. I am totally a summer girl, I thrive when I can open doors and windows in my car and home. I do not move as fast when it is over 90F, but I enjoy the slower pace and stay in the shade, while drinking in the sunshine and the green landscape.

I actually get a bit of an adrenaline rush when I see the temperature has reached 84F (29C) or more. Love it! My health thrives on warmth and sunshine.

This summer, if you ask me, was perfect. I have been well since March and had a ton of energy. I rode my bike and got a lot of work done. After a bad year last year, where I was even tired during summer (too tired to ride the bike even once), I am letting go of this year’s summer with reluctance.

Yesterday it was cold and rainy and gray. I was so down in the blues that I could have kicked a dog if I had one. I was not just blue, I was angry like a toddler who can’t have another piece of candy.

It might be better if I did not get sick outdoors in the fall. Hay and wet leaves are horrible for my allergies, they really drain my energy. A sunny day on a porch will work, when the sun decides to shine. But I have really enjoyed walking and bicycling and porch-sitting this summer, and here comes 9 months of waiting for that joy again.

Now, I am generally an optimist and I tend to be in a good mood much of the time. When I complain it does not last long (unless the subject is cold weather), and I go on to other things. I don’t LIKE myself when I’m a grumpy grrl.

A Contest!

So now I need you to help me. The one thing I do to turn it around, is to play Kitty Donohoe’s song “Autumn seasidetiny.jpgDance” on repeat, until I have the words memorized again for the season. It also helps to get out my favorite alpaca sweater which is far too big but extra-warm. Sort of a “boyfriend sweater” except I got it from a resale shop rather than from Brian.

But I’m going to start a contest. I don’t know what the prize(s) will be, but I will dive into my stash for knitting prizes that are lovely, and if you are not a knitter I will send you a Fabulous Heftones CD. OK? I will give at least two prizes, one for the submission that helps me the most and one picked at random.

Here is all it takes to be entered into my contest:

Comment (make sure you enter your proper email address so I can reply to you), with one more thing I can do to turn my end-of-summer blues around.

Oh… (added later)… The contest closes at midnight Eastern Time on Monday. I will pick winners Tuesday, October 7 and announce them here on my blog.

That’s all. Will you help me? Thanks.

Photo: 1) Sap bucket bouquet at Harvest Gathering, during the daytime. I showed it at night during Jen Sygit’s concert, here. Notice the peacock feather! 2) Autumn leaf from previous year. 3) Yarn I dyed in Seaside colorway, to represent yarn that might be a prize, though I don’t have any of this colorway right now.