Ensuing Chaos

Man, have I been slacking on Blaugust! I was doing pretty well that first week. Week 2 devolved into well, chaos. Summer was quickly ending, and we have a camper that needed to be brought out of storage, cleaned, checked, unwinterized, rewinterized, and put back in storage for another long, cold, Alaskan winter. So we took a 4 day weekend to get all of that done. Successfully, I might add.

Then, the new parts for my desktop PC came. A shiny new GeForce RTX 4060 OC GPU to replace my original 1070, two 4TB SSDs to expand my storage and speed, and two new 8GB RAM sticks. Everything installed well and ran well for….about a day. Then in the middle of a battle in Baldur’s Gate 3, it turned off. I got it booted back up, tried again, same result. Booted once more, did not turn BG3 back on, and blue screens became a plague upon my house. I open it up, check all of my connections, restart and…BSOD. It was at this point I started feeling some serious rage.

I removed the new RAM, put the old RAM back in its original slots and tried once more. Windows went into repair mode, and so far so good. It was during all of this I realized my CPU fan wasn’t spinning.  It tried, so I hit it with some compressed air, but the fan is dead. /sad trombone.

So, today the new one arrives, I have never installed one so it should be interesting. My parts knowledge is limited to GPU, RAM, and now SSD. Wednesday, two more RAM sticks to match the first two new ones arrive so all four RAM sticks will be identical. That’s when I’ll install the fan, and then do a complete wipe and reinstallation of Windows. Get a fresh start and Hopefully, get back on track.

The good news is, my photography monitor had an extended warranty I forgot about, so it’s off to see why it looks like someone dumped coffee in the lower half of the screen, and get replaced.

It was a WEEK. Let me tell you.

Happy 2019!

Where did 2018 go? It seems like it just sped past while I was napping. Well, most of it at least. Some parts were pretty memorable.

  • 2018 started with me getting the Flu. I don’t remember much of that week, there was much sleeping, possibly some whining.
  • March brought with it our 25th wedding anniversary! My husband, who rarely does anything romantic, pulled off a lovely evening of surprises. There was the special Spotify playlist playing in the truck, dinner at a really cute Japanese restaurant (a first for both of us), and a gorgeous silver heartshaped pendant to top it off.
  • May my Mom gave me a heart attack and ended up having emergency surgery. I learned more about wound packing, and ostomies than I ever expected to know. All good now, no permanent damage done.
  • July, my husband rescued a starving, flea infested, too young to be away from mom, stray kitten. She weighed less than half a pound at the time. She is now a seven pound terror bouncing off the walls at about 5-6 months old. Oh, and we thought she was a he, but surprise!
  • August, I decided I wanted to learn to knit! four months later I have made 3 dishclothes, and I’m working on a cowl. We aren’t going to discuss how much yarn I have accumulated.
  • September, my husband got a LONG awaited and MUCH deserved promotion!! Yay!!
  • November was great, my kids came for Thanksgiving. I hadn’t seen my oldest daughter since her sister’s wedding 2 years prior. They brought my granddaughter too, it was a lovely week. I also participated in the Extra Life campaign, my tailbone is still angry about that 24 hours in a cheap desk chair.
  • Christmas was low key, but still nice. Having two weeks of hubby on leave, just chilling. No alarm clocks, no schedule.
  • Happy New Year! This is his last day of leave. And our sleep schedules are all sorts of screwed up, hence my writing this at nearly 6am without having been to bed yet!

2018 wasn’t a bad year, all in all. 2019 will hopefully be a little slower. I intend to do things better than last year.

  • I want to get back to my DDP Yoga program, I’d like to be in better shape and I was having great results with it before I got off track.
  • I want to complete at least 6 knitting projects. Big or small, doesn’t matter.
  • I’ll be doing Extra Life again!
  • I’ll be attempting to do more with my hair, face and nails because it makes me feel good, and I’ve ben really lazy about it.

That’s as close to resolutions as I’m going to get. Hopefully this time next year I can link back to this post and check them off.

Happy New Year All!


Blaugust Reborn started on August 1st, and I missed the first two days! But I have an excellent excuse! On Tuesday, I received a text from my husband. They had spent two days trying to catch this poor starving stray kitten, finally caught him, and did I want him. Well how could I say no? I mean look at that face!

20180802_161441Could you say no? I thought not. When he arrived, he was toting some fleas, weighed not even a pound, and we can see or feel every. single. little. bone. in his body. His hind legs had scabs from trying to get into or out of somewhere, one of his front toenails is scabbed up and missing. Honestly, this little guy shouldn’t even be alive after going without food, and being out in the hot southern sun.

But clearly, he’s a badass. We can only guess his age. He can eat on his own, and use the litterbox, play wasn’t on his resume when we found him but he’s starting now with pouncing and chasing his tail. We are estimating he’s between 5 and 6 weeks.

He likes headbutts and snuggles. He loved the dog initially, but now has realized she’s a DOG and he’s a CAT so he hisses and growls at her. It must make him feel tough that he scares the 40 pound dog. Older Cat is still in a snit, but making progress. He’ll now let me pet him when my hands smell like the baby. Prior, he hissed and swatted at me, followed by just looking utterly offended that my hands smelled like betrayal. A little bribery with catnip and treats with kitten smell on my hands has improved that situation. He just won’t come downstairs.

So it’s been a hectic two days of Dawn baths, kitty aggro management, cuddles, and some gaming squeezed in where possible. But I swore I was going to get back to blogging, and do Blaugust, because Blogging is not dead! Regardless of the fact that I haven’t done so since March Smile with tongue out


Bonus Kitty Pic! His name is Alpha!