speaking of new terminology

I also typed up another new term today (or maybe yesterday). I said to a friend that I was a Life Directed Learner; as in, my learning was not necessarily directed soley by interests, but by the circumstances that life has happend to throw upon me.

Sure, it’s just “when stuff breaks we figure out how to fix it ourselves in between trying not to beat it with a stick” but it sounds a whole lot nicer.


I think I just coined a new term in the entry below.

TechWife: a stay-at-home mom or housewife who is computer and technoligically literate and uses those skills for her daily chores and tasks.

Heh. 😀

for housewife geeks everywhere

I was messing around in Firefox, cleaning up my extensions, when I found the niftiest thing.

A grocery list generator.

Makes your list, checks it twice, adds ingredients from recipes (okay, it’s just a listing of dishes but still…) and even sorts items by department.

There’s a few minorly annoying issues, like the “update” thingy, but overall this is one handy extension for this TechWife who has a browser open more often than anything.

Also, I am posting this from Deepest Sender, another extension for Firefox where you can post to LiveJournal, WordPress blogs and Blogger in a pop-up window. Geez, it even snagged my category listings… This is really handy when you have a quick thought and want a minimal editing window to post from. (the latest WP has a bit of an issue with the “press it!” bookmarklet – at least mine does.)


On Friday, I put the (correct and brand-new) power supply in my computer, turned it on and… nothing happened. I checked my connections to find one loose. Turned it on and the heavens opened, angels sang. It totally worked. (although at one point, I said to myself “Ooo! Lookit all the pretty colored wires! … Now where do they go?”)

I’d link to the page I used as a guideline, but I can’t find it anymore. It was way easier that you would think. (if you thought it was hard)

Also, in doing that I cleaned off the desk and discovered the reason why the monitor didn’t work when I hooked it up to the laptop. Seems the cable had come undone from the back. Yes, I am BRILLIANT!

For a surprise for Ron, I went out and got a very cheap DVD player so we could cuddle in bed and watch movies in our room. I discovered that you can’t hook DVD players directly up to (slightly) older tvs. I ran around in circles trying to find a go-between like a VCR to hook up between them, but after much head-banging frustration, that didn’t work either. Eventually, I discovered (through the magic of the interweb) that all you need is to head down to your local Radio Shack (or The Source now in Canada) and get something called an RF modulator. Worked like a charm, even if we never did get around to actually watching a movie.

Ron think he may have figured out what was wrong with the furnace, but it was too late to get the part, so Carl is here now taking the relay switch off the furnace and is off to get a new one. Cross your fingers and pray.

Meanwhile, I got lots of cardio in running up and down stairs to manually turn on the furnace, and now I’ve heated the house up to cosy and we got a couple of space heaters for the interims. It’s a balmy -18 C outside. At least the wind stopped and we’re all not sick anymore.

Blame Ron & Jax for the quiz

Your wise quote is: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall” by Confucius.
Yes indeed, you see true strength can only be seen when a person has “fallen”. Only then one can tell how they will handle it. Just don’t make others fall so you can know who they really are. You on the other hand may be a very quick recoverer and don’t let people bring you down. You are your own, and you’re find with that. Emotional issues is something you handle rather nicely.

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Sunday Dinner – the “Let’s take pity on my sick mom and have it at my house a day earlier” edition

So yeah, we had Sunday dinner at my house for a change, and had it tonight rather than tomorow, seeing as at least two manly people won’t be around.

I had to come on and tell you about the wonderful recipe I found and how good it was. We had apple stuffed pork tenderloin and it was too darn good.

Served with a gravy, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, and carrots. Mom brought dessert, and she says those UPC codes are getting harder to do when she tries and disguises her home-made stuff.

(Actually, that means she bought it instead of making it. It’s her cover story.)