My blog is back! Ari and I survived a three day offline adventure in insanity... and with a lot of help from my friends, I'm back online. Ema, my faithful emachines etower 366i2 PC, is back from the dead. It was worse than I thought. Not just the power supply but the CPU fan was wrecked. I am lucky the motherboard and processor didn't fry during her last days. Maybe that thunderstorm was Thor warning me not to push it too far - she was still in revivable condition.
Floppy drive is still out even with the replacement, because either the used replacement floppy drive isn't working right or, she needs a proprietary emachines floppy drive. I'll know this when Lynx, the Linux box arrives, because I'll try to set up the floppy on Lynx to see if it's just "Ema is picky about her components" or "this used floppy drive's dead, toss it."
And Lynx is on the way. Lynx will be here next week. Lynx is insurance against it ever being that bad again. Lynx has got a modem, a 33k rather than 56k but that's still a modem. Slow is lots better than dead.
I've got a zip drive with no power supply, but I've got that coming in the mail and so all my backups will now be available to me in portable form. The zip drive is on a parallel cable and it's external. It's not installed in Ema, its drivers are - but its drivers will also be installed in Lynx. So all of the important stuff - my personal stuff - will move in one or two packed zip disks into Lynx's hard drive and Ari's pictures will be backed up along with all my writing.
My entire apartment got cleaned up during the great long dull period of solitude. I caught up on reading and I cleaned up my tiny apartment. I've got almost everything packed. I've packed everything but what I use everyday, since I did make the Wal Mart trip and get storage tubs.
Storage tubs? This is the first time in my life that I've got enough storage objects for all the loose stuff I own. You need to understand I'm a recovering packrat. Fellow pack rats may understand how books, stuff, crafts materials and things you intend to fix or refinish and recycle can get way out of hand real fast.
Wal Mart had a bookcase within budget. The bookcase was only $29 and 72" tall with five shelves, no wasted space like one of those short three shelf jobbies. By amazing luck, I was the one this time who got the black one! The black and oak colored ones always vanished before I got to the store even when they'd put things like that bookcase on sale. I've had this one in white maybe four or five times in my life and had to abandon it on out of state moves. This time it's black. It matches all the rest of my furniture - the only thing that doesn't is my desk and I might someday get around to painting its metal parts black and get black linoleum for the top instead of the mint green. But there's something nice about keeping it in its original, utilitarian, back of a gas station or deli look as that makes it look like Small Business Office while the rest of the house looks like Residence.
I'm killing time before my fourth appointment with my new therapist, which I need to have about five or six documented in order for my lawyer to bring my case back for SSI - the judge wanted more documentation. She's not awful, she's not another Roland or Betsy though. It may take a while to establish anything with her, because she really lacks context. And she's a bit busy with a lot of patient load. Does not know me well yet. Didn't understand my priorities, and got confused on a fairly basic thing. I have a dread of drugs that probably does a lot to keep me from being a drug abuser. I have a personal, particular terror of pill popper addictions because that's what the addict that got me into the whole codependency thing suffered - legal, prescribed, socially acceptable addiction. I've also had more misprescribed drugs in my life than anyone else I know, from attempts to give me fatal penicillin to sick side effects on stuff I'd think of as harmless. I am cautious about drugs and have seen friends almost killed by prescriptions. She tried to push pills last time. She forgot that was part of the central problem - a dread of doctors and prescriptions brought on by too many close calls with minor malpractice in real experience and a codependent's fear of the dangerous substances.
So we need to get that sorted out today. But I'm in a good mood today and can get that sorted out with her.
I'll blog again later when I'm back. A lot of stress got relieved when I got back online!
Robert and Ari >^..^<