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I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.

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Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:53:56 AM

I really shouldn't even be doing this right now, both because I really ought to be getting to bed, and because I seriously fell and hurt my arm last night, and it is still swollen and bruised and really seriously f*cking hurts to type right now (both because I cannot rest it on the edge of the desk, and because I don't have a heck of a lot of flexibility in my fingers...who knew muscles and tendons were all in the same place? >_<).

However. I have been uncommunicative.

For the most part, I am doing alright... work's being... ugh. I figured. *sigh* Not even going there. Suffice it to say that I was right, this is -not- the place that I want to be at all, but at the moment it's my choice so I'm trying to at least do what little there is, well. And right now that means reading documentation. As Neo would say, Documentation. Lots of documentation.

So, in my spare time I am playing WoW (yay, Bron's at 65! I am so uber.) and tinkering with my shiny still-new laptop. Ubuntu works where Debian did not, so I'm running Edgy 2.6.17 with Xfce modified beyond all recognition (who, me? no...). That is almost the sole reason for this post, because I now have a screenshot and it is the sexiest desktop ever!

*glee*

The strip across the top is courtesy of Conky, the invisible except-when-something's-open and completely self-sizing taskbar along the bottom edge there is courtesy of PyPanel, and the window manager theme is Decadence [Dark] from Xfce-Look.org.

And oh my, I love it dearly. With the sleek black of the laptop and the silver keys, it is delicious. Laptop!gasm. Seriously.

I'm putting in some extra hours at odd times this week (couple hours on St Pat's Day before heading out for surprisingly good Irish stew at the Whole in the Wall, couple hours probably tomorrow) so that I can get out of work early enough to catch my plane to St Louis on Friday without having to take vacation hours. I can't wait... I really can't. I'll be there Friday evening through Monday afternoon-ish (plane back is at 5pm, should be back in Syracuse around 10ish). When you're in a relationship where only get to see each other once every month or so, I am learning that the excitement that you feel at finally getting to see the other person is almost palpable. I would say that I am right now jumping up and down with happiness, except that my arm really does hurt too much for that. I would probably end up instinctively curling up protectively around it on my bed. Sigh.

Ahh, what else. Need to do laundry. Par for the course...

Dinner last night was by my standards a great success, meaning that everyone seemed to quite like the meal and there were no leftovers :) Lemon zest/kosher salt/cracked black pepper/hot chili olive oil encrusted pork loin, rosemary and basil potatoes (with probably a halfdozen other spices too, naturally... from memory and in no particular order as regards quantity: oregano, salt, pepper, savory, lavender, thyme, ground red pepper flakes and garlic-infused olive oil), and fresh-baked soda bread, plus salad, wine and anything else that turned up. *Nod* I was proud of it, and I judge my cooking fairly critically, so overall I am quite happy :)

Saw a kind of nearly cat-sized rat on The Amazing Race last night (I don't watch it myself, but it was on after dinner) that has been trained to smell land mines. They were just adorable... it seems like the universe is conspiring to make me want a couple of cute little ratties. As yet my haphazard schedule takes one look at my desire for a pet, cadged or otherwise, and says "Ahahahahahah!", but I swear I will have some form of furry friend eventually >_>

I really miss having a cat around.

Anyhow, this is quite long enough and I am needing to catch up on my sleep, so if I left anything out just poke me and I'll add it in later.

Oh. One more. Go read Get Medieval. Seriously funny stuff there. :)