If the next Cites & Insights is late or peculiar or both, or if I’m slow to respond to some things, or… well, here’s a reason of sorts.
I’m likely to be on an odd sort of “staycation” (from retirement?) for some weeks, because of a mix of factors:
- Our slow process of destroying the front lawn and replacing it with something more suitable (I’ve been spending 45-90 minutes 4-5 days a week either shoveling out grass & sod or going back to shake out as much soil as possible before adding the rest to green waste, for a couple of months now, and although there’s still several weeks/months to do, I’ve cleared the area my wife–the brains of the outfit–plans go use for anything but a 2″ redwood bark ground cover) is heating up: we have a big bunch of bark & landscaping material showing up mid-week, my wife’s either capped or refitted eight of 13 sprinkler heads, we have some of the plants and will be getting more. This means taking more time carrying around stones/small boulders and hauling/spreading bark as needed.
- I’ve moved from my 7-year-old (or is it 8?) Gateway notebook, used with an even older MS Natural wireless keyboard & mouse and a 19″ Sony second display, to a brand-new Toshiba Satellite (Fry’s had an excellent two-day/while-they-last sale for a model that’s most likely on its way out: non-touch screen, for example–but it’s just old enough to have a VGA output, which means I can still use the Sony). I’m also trying to switch to the notebook’s own keyboard & touchpad, because my wrists have been acting up and the mouse may be part of the problem. (That means the Toshiba’s 17″ widescreen display is now my primary display and the Sony 19″ 4×3 is secondary, the reverse of the Gateway setup. Among other things, this means my typing speed is down enormously and my error rate is up enormously. I’ll give it a two-month trial before considering giving up and going back go a Natural. (I checked: neither MS nor Logitech seems go make an ergonomic keyboard with built-in touchpad.)
- Apart from the slow curve of relearning to type and mouse around (before I turned off tap-to-click, I was cursing up a silent storm), this also means learning Windows 8.1 instead of 7 (that part will be OK), learning/customizing Office 2013 (also probably OK), finding & downloading the other software I use (I’ve already done Windows Easy Transfer), and figuring out what to do about quality, flexible, “distilled” PDF creation. This will be a slow process
- Did I mention that my wrists are acting up? And now, a healthy dose of what’s probably bursitis–in other words, right now I’m *feeling* 69 years old.
This too shall pass, but it may slow me down for a week or four.