- I loved the new Ghostbusters, which we finally saw last night. It is made of joy and friendship, and I was highly amused by the villain's motivation and the response to his monologue of justification. Chris Hemsworth was clearly having the time of his life.
- I am enjoying being sociable and enabling the children's social life so much that I have slightly overscheduled myself and had to ask Tony to take over something for me this afternoon so I can remember the pacing myself part of recovery.
- In October I am going to get very busy indeed with studying (it eases up in June next year) and expect to have essentially no spare time outside work, study, and family commitments. I am currently in the glorious summer break between being a hermit for cancer & recovery reasons and being a hermit for study reasons. (Some of the children's social life comes with social life for me, and I am declaring date night with Tony and a monthly pub visit as also essential family commitments. So not a complete hermit, but a lot more hermit-y than the last couple of months.)
- I lost patience with trying to work out how to upgrade my cheap spare phone from Jelly Bean for purposes of enabling C's desire to play Pokemon Go, so I have an even cheaper PAYG smartphone preinstalled with Marshmallow arriving today.
I don't think I need two spare phones, so if anyone is more keen on navigating the thrilling world of rooting phones than I am (or just could use a phone and are willing to use an older android version) then let me know and you can have the older one for cost of postage.(Old phone now claimed.)
- My dad came for a short visit and I managed to schedule him most of a day each with each of his grandchildren, and they all seem to have enjoyed the experience.
- Adventures in smoothie consumption continue: I have discovered that I do actually prefer yogurt + milk with my veggies, rather to my surprise. I have built up a little collection of frozen veg and fruit in the freezer to make prep easier / avoid wasting fresh veg that goes off before I eat it. The little blender does struggle if more than half the content is frozen, so I've taken to making up a bottle of ingredients in advance and leaving it in the fridge to defrost overnight.
- I've managed to get my fitbit goal up to 7,900 steps; we walked both ways to the cinema yesterday (with a stop at Mee and I for dinner on the way out) as well as me taking children around earlier, so I hit double that. My legs are letting me know this morning that they are Not Impressed.
However, I now have a working Ubuntu laptop with my backups unpacked onto it, and I've been able to catch up the household accounts and move some money around like I wanted to Sunday morning. I've also managed to get 1Password working under Wine, which I never managed on the older machine.
I gave up on making the thing dual boot with Windows because that was only ever a "would be nice" and Windows was extremely uncooperative. So now it is gone. Also I am indebted to fanf for random useful bits of equipment (USB wireless key ftw!) and advice when I got stuck.
The old laptop disintegrated further this afternoon and became unusable, thankfully just after I had finally got the new one approaching functional.
- Discovering my netbook, which has been a bit ropey for a while, is now literally falling apart and intermittently failing.
- Shopping for a new netbook.
- Going to an actual shop to get a new netbook:
- advantage - got it today
- disadvantage - had to deal with multiple salespeople (all men) who patronised me and tried to upsell me on lots of extras I don't want. This is why I like shopping online.
- call me naive but if I reserve a computer online to collect from your Collection Point, I kind of expect it to be there, not to have to wander around the store being handed off between salespeople and patronised etc for a good 15 minutes before getting the computer I wanted.
- Setting up Windows 10, creating a backup drive, and installing Ubuntu
- Restoring all my files from backup onto Ubuntu
- Getting things back the way I like them
On the topic of marriage, I was reminded this week of a recent blog post by Rebecca Taylor MEP about titles, names and marriage, and in particular how our European neighbours have already got over the Miss / Mrs distinction.
(Apologies - I had to recreate post this due to technical difficulties i.e. my inability to correctly drive the poll creator)
Marking marital status by title?
The status quo: Miss, Mrs and Ms if you must
Mrs for all adult women
Ms for all adult women
Miss for adult women
Mx for everyone (why mark gender either?)
Something else which I will expand in comments
Arguments over titles ruined my grandparents' marriage, you heartless blockhead
married and I changed my name
married and I changed my title
not married but would not change my name if I did
not married but would not change my title if I did
not married and fed up of smug marrieds going on about it
against the whole institution of marriage
uninterested in the whole irrelevant discussion