Friday, October 14, 2011

Checking hard drive SMART status

Found this interesting tip while searching the internets:

If you're looking to find the SMART status of a hard drive on Windows you can do so with the following commands:

Start>Run>cmd {ENTER}
wmic {ENTER}
diskdrive get status {ENTER}

found the info here

Monday, October 10, 2011

Do you remember Hot or Not?

Oh the good old days... and also how I met John, but that's another story for another martini.

Gone are the days of posting your pic and waiting to see what people say about it! Now you just have to be in public, and someone will do all that work for you! 

NYC and London are covered.. here's hoping they get some in Germany or Australia!

*endless fun when bored*

Thursday, September 29, 2011

House Hunters International

No matter how many times I watch this show, it never ceases to amaze me how many times people who are offered the opportunity to live somewhere always want to bring home with them.

When you're from Texas, why on earth would you travel to Shanghai and think a 4000 sq ft Victorian Mansion makes sense? Yes, it's wonderful and reasonable to teach children that 1000 sq ft is reasonable per person.

"Can a house ever be too big? I don't think so!" "I don't know if this kitchen is big enough, but we do rarely cook"

It just makes me want to cry, why bother having various countries? Let's just all shop at WalMart and eat at McDonalds and Outback Steak House! Why ever learn how most of the world does not own 1 of everything. Why go to a community center, just build your own pool/theater/bar/gym and hotel for guests!


I adore the idea of living anywhere in the world, for any reason, and these people are given the option and look for the USA with a theme. it's just depressing.

And then you see the episode they go to Mumbai.. and everything seems right again. 240,000 Rupee/year. $6000/year to rent a 2 bedroom apartment. We'll call it an apartment. You bring your own gas tank to cook. There is no oven. No Range. No shower/tub, just a tiled room with a toilet, sink, and showerhead. It's amazing the difference.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Revelations, or what I think about all day

Weight: 30X

I hate posting my weight, but it defines alot of what I think about all day. I don't necessarily fixate on the number, as much as I fixate on the idea that I wear whatever covers me. I fixate on my fat rolls, or on the way I look at myself in the mirror with disgust.

I don't think it's entirely lack of confidence or some kind of body dysmorphia, it's more the idea that I failed.

Not that I want a pity party or to hear that I have a good personality or some such mess. None of that is relative. What I think about all day is the "who would you be if you could be anyone?"

Often I wonder how much of myself is a projection of what I feel I should be, and how much is who I really am. How do we define who we are? For years I defined myself through things, through places I've been as a distinguishing thing to separate the obvious drawbacks.  I think often about how would I be completely different had I not always felt huge.

I write all this out because writing helps. I think often about the odd things I'm interested in and how they place so low on the to-do list for me. I'm interested in camping across America, not to be butch or cheap but because you see a side of things most miss. Would I ever really do this? God only knows, but the way things line up I won't. I want to learn a foreign language, but knowing me I'd spend 3 years finding the best deal on the software to learn the language without ever using it. My Rosetta Stone Japanese has been installed once, used for a week, and left to the "taburu"

So what defines me is evolving. I'm trying to get rid of things, but it's like giving up the drink, neither is really easy because so far for the last 10 years shopping/drinking defined me. How boring is that?

Ever been to a party, had someone ask you "what are you into?" and not had something to say back? That's my life at the moment...

Need to work on fixing it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Favorite Jack Handey Quotes

A long time ago, in 8th grade, Angela gave me a book of Jack Handey quotes. Jack was a character on Saturday Night Live that would say these ridiculous quotes while showing a powerpoint like slide show. Sort of like a PSA commercial during SNL

"We like to praise birds for flying. But how much of it is actually flying, and how much of it is just sort of coasting from the previous flap?"

"Like Jewels in a crown, the precious stones glittered in the queen's round metal hat."

"The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw."


Monday, September 5, 2011

Delayed Thoughts

Weight: 30x

So the detox on juice moment passed. I made it until Sunday at dinner. I wound up spending most of Saturday and Sunday with a miserable headache and a general lethergy I just wasn't prepared for. I can see why this takes more mental power than I was ready for. I could commit to the idea of juice for meals, I could commit to the idea that this is good for my health, but I couldn't really do it all at this time. The lack of caffeine was killer, the lack of the things I loved hard, and the lack of energy when I'm still fighting to get my life together was too much.

I still agree the detox is good. I will do that again, with more preparation. I *adore* grapefruit juice.

John eating around me didn't help. I realize more and more what they meant in weight watchers and everything I've ever tried that it's only harder when it's one half of a couple working at it. It's not that I think john did anything wrong, or that I couldn't do it without him, but it does add a level of difficulty to smell toasted peanut butter as your drinking spinach. It's the transition time that's hard, and it wasn't helping. Bless his heart.

So being me, it's time to move on to something else. Right on cue, work is pushing this Get Active campaign that I'm a part of. We're supposed to wear a pedometer and track our walking. I'm curious to see what comes back. I've found before that if I track things, I do tend to do better at keeping to them. My detailed nature of course leaves me without the ability to fidge things. I really really hope I don't come back as sedentary on the first day.

With this I'll try to continue to be better. I'm not buying anymore processed food, and trying to rid the house of what I have already. I won't waste food, but I can certainly clear out the house. I've sold or given everything else away, time to work on the last part of things that's messed up.

I must not have Mexican three nights a week... must resist the YUMbo.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Detox Day 2

Weight: 307.5

Somehow I've lost 8.5 pounds since Friday night at 11pm. Not sure that's possible or if my scale just toys with me. I'll believe the later.

For all the headaches and problems yesterday, today I wake up with just a hint of sinus issues and hunger. Time to make a fruit juice. I think today will be some apple or pear and grapefruit. Nothing crazy. No green.