Monday, March 1, 2010

All Over The Place

My blog entries jump around too much; the paragraphs do not flow into each other smoothly. I don't do transitions very well. I'm going to try something new and create a header for each idea, so there is at least a semblance of delineation for the separate thoughts.

Cat News
I took Delilah to the vet this morning. I was completely stressed out by the whole idea. I had to keep reminding myself that I had to make sure that she was healthy. The car ride over was uneventful; Delilah did not make any noises at all. After we got situated in the exam room, Delilah started in with the growling noises and I could not comfort her. By the time the vet tech came in, Delilah was very vocal about her uneasiness. The tech took her in the back room to do lab work and I could hear how unhappy she was. Lucky for us, the vet pronounced Delilah to be very healthy and she tested negative for feline leukemia and feline aids. There is more blood work being done and we will have the results in a few days. However, I feel good about it all.

The aftermath of today's appointment was that Delilah did not talk to me for a few hours. She went outside and sunbathed. I got her to come back inside and she slept in the sunlight, all curled up.

Technology Pains Me
I have the worst luck with audio/video setups related to our television. This started years ago when I purchased a receiver without really investigating what input/output configuration was necessary. So the one purchase of a simple receiver caused me to spend a ton of additional money to buy component parts to work together. The worst part of it was my experience with Radio Shack. At the time, I was buying a antenna so we could access over-the-air free HD signals. As I described my television to the Radio Shack guy, he smugly informed me that I did not own a television but a "glorified 42" monitor". Ugh. Anyway, I am back on that track simply because I want use my "glorified" monitor to watch television online.

It should be easy. I connected the laptop to the television via the VGA port. Now, to get sound from laptop to the television. I had to go Radio Shack and get a Audio Y Cable (stereo male to Dual RCA). The cable goes into the headphone jack on the laptop and into the red/white audio inputs on the television. But I still cannot get sound to the television,......errr, monitor.

I searched the internet to find out what the heck is wrong with this configuration. I'm going to call my brother and get his opinion. He's better at this stuff than me.

My Kitchen Experience
I made homemade chocolate chips cookies last night. Yes, homemade, as in mixing flour, baking soda, vanilla, sugar, eggs, and chocolate chips. They are good, not great, and even better the second day. Mind you, I did all of this without the assistance of a mixer, handheld or stationary. Totally powered by my muscles, and, yes, my arms were tired from all of that stirring. I think I just had to prove it to myself that I could do it actually make something edible.


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