January 5th, 2004

2004: A Retrospective

It's time to finally look back at all the great things that happened in 2004. Yes, it was full of ups and downs. But we have come far and learned much.

On New Year's Eve we rocked two parties, because we are just that popular. We popped in to visit Dean & Trishs (aka djdean & moonlight68), then we scooted over to Brian's house for the countdown.

New Years Day we decided to catch a matinée of Return of the King with Jules, but not long into the movie Danielle and I had to bail. I started feeling really... weird. I had an intense ache in my right hip joint and knee and I started to feel all woozy and shakey. We went home and I spent the whole rest of the day shivering under a pile of blankets. I scared the bejeezus out of poor Danielle. By Friday morning I was starting to feel more like my old self, except for a raging headache that lasted two whole days.

But I still managed to do some fun things during those two days. The highlight of the weekend, of course, was taking Danielle to get her first tattoo. She got the idea from a necklace in a catalogue. I spent about twenty minutes drawing it up in Photoshop. She got inked by Mike (pelon) over at Bonehead Tattoos. It turned out quite nice. Check it out for yourself.

We also did some shopping and ran some errands here and there, but mostly we lounged around the house because I've been feeling so crappy. I'm finally feeling pretty much normal again, and I'm back to work again to enjoy my good health. Yay.

So, that was 2004. What a great year!
  • Current Mood
    pensive pensive

Attempt #2

I was just finishing up a post when my power strip had a melt down. I had to dig up a new one and get under my desk and rewire everything.

I was writing a little rant about new heater fan, which I plugged into the same strip as my computer, phone, printer, two 19" monitors, speakers, halogen floorlamp, microwave and refrigerator. Can you believe it died on me? Curse you, Belkin.

Anyway, while I was on break today I stopped by Target and picked up a little heater fan. My desk is right by the window, so it gets mighty chilly. My hands tend to get really cold while I'm typing away.

Now this fan cost $40. That's a pretty heavy duty investment. It's not the cheapest one you can get. It has two heat settings, a thermostat, and it oscillates. Plus it looks cool. But when I took it out of the box to set it up, the intake filter was completely saturated with dust. It looks like it's been used for a significant period of time.

I cleaned it out. It seems to work okay. It's quiet. It's warm. I guess it's not worth the trouble to exchange it.

Only now I'm a little afraid to turn it on. I moved the heater onto a different power strip, and it only shares a plug with a couple other devices now. I'd hate to have to call the facilities people if I flip a breaker or something. They'd probably have a few things to say about the fridge, the microwave, the lamp and the heater. The MAN doesn't want us to have any creature comforts like cold sodas, warm leftovers, soft light and comfortable fingers.

I'd better keep this fan on the low setting (900 W) in the future.