Yesterday I went to the Prayer Seeker’s Cafe Christmas potluck. It was fun, and we did a white elephant gift exchange. It wasn’t really a white elephant in the technical sense of the term, because we all just brought whatever, (normally a white elephant is supposed to be gag gifts,) but that’s what they call there’s when they do it. We played Bingo, and whoever won got one of the presents as a prize.
Last night, I hit 1000 links on my linkblog, My Web Adventures! It actually took me longer than I thought it would to get there, because I’ve been behind on posting links lately. I actually should have reached this last month, but I was sick, then got seriously behind after that. So yeah, need to not post links at 12 AM, which is why I’m writing this then. I’m not sure how much link posting I’ll be able to do while I’m on vacation over Christmas and NewYears, but I intend to post on this blog while we’re on our trip.
We’ve had snow here this weekend. Not sure how much, but I know we’ve had some. My parent’s live about 20 minutes away from here, and mom said they had about an inch and a half yesterday. I’ll be going to church tomorrow, but they’ve canceled Sunday school, so I’ll be going to services at the regular time.
After I got back from Prayer Seeker’s Café yesterday, I saw a document that said there will be oral arguments in the Lavabit case. From what I’ve read, most appellate cases are decided on the briefs alone, so this is a good thing! The arguments will take place on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, and we don’t know what time, because they have other cases to get to that day. Oral arguments in appeals courts are only 20 minutes long. Whether or not we’ll actually get any information out of the Fourth Circuit as they’re happening is probably unlikely, because appeals courts tend to be extremely formal.
Today’s the last day of NABloPoMo. I skipped a lot of posts, which means I didn’t do that well. Being sick at the beginning of the month didn’t help matters. I haven’t done the daily blogging thing since last year, so it was kind of hard to get back into the swing of things. I wish I would have done better, but maybe I’ll try again next year.
I didn’t have time to write this post before leaving on my daytrip this morning, so I’m writing it now. I just want to take the time to wish anyone who might be reading a happy Thanksgiving! We spent the day with my grandma, her boyfriend, and his kids. We had to leave early in the morning, as we had a long drive, (about 3 hours each way.) I got home around 9:15.
Today, my caregiver and I baked 2 sets of cookies. One to bring to our destination for thanksgiving, (we’re going out of town tomorrow.) The other one was also supposed to be to bring, but it turns out that we didn’t need to make them, because the first recipe baked 60 cookies. We ended up just making the second recipe anyway, because I wanted them. That recipe 39 cookies, (yeah, 39.)
On 11/4/2013, at Prayer Seeker’s Café, each one of us wrote a list of things we’re thankful for, (I dictated mine.) They were typed up and put in a basket, and we drew them out and shared a bit about each one. The day before a lot of vitriol entered my Twitter timeline and spread for about 2 and a half weeks, I happened to say that I was thankful for Twitter. As we went through and pulled the papers from the basket every week, I kept wondering who was going to get Twitter. I also wondered if I could take back what I said, I said it on 11/4, and the big debate started on 11/5. I didn’t end up taking it back though, and today, the director’s wife pulled that particular slip from the basket. Of course I had to explain what Twitter was to her, and how I use it. I explained that a lot of people tweet a lot of different things, and I find the legal briefs I’ve been reading via Twitter.
Today the lady who took me to church also brought me home. The thing with that was, we had to wait for her husband to get back from taking their daughter to work. They only took one car, so he pretty much left us waiting there for like a half hour. She was going to have someone else bring us home, but he got back right then. Apparently, he ended up taking his daughter to work, and stopping at their house for some reason.
- The way NVDA pronounces things is hilarious, this is especially true with certain names, which get mispronounced as hilarious words, this can happen in JAWS too.
- NVDA uses a synthesizer called eSpeak, and JAWS uses one called eloquence.
- I’ll be riding to church tomorrow with my friend who came to clean my carpets, and not the children’s pastor, (because she’s on vacation.
- I’ve been working on this post for a while now, I need to finish it and start posting links.
- I started testing NVDA so that I could put it on mom’s laptop, because that’s what I’ll be using during our Christmas and NewYears travels, I’m not sure if that system will support JAWS.
Today, we got the reply brief in Lavabit. I didn’t know this, but apparently reply briefs are supposed to be filed 10 days after the government brief. I ended up reading this brief 3 times, twice because I lost my place, and ended up back up at the top of the document from page 14, and a third time because I’m testing a different screen reader. The screen reader is called NVDA, and I’m testing it so that I can put it on mom’s computer for our trip that we’re taking over Christmas. The brief is here. That’s a shortened URL, because I had to copy it straight from twitter. The brief is brief, it’s only 33 pages, but I have to say, it’s quite epic, and I had fun reading this one!
Today, we returned the modem CenturyLink sent me to UPS. Not the one with WI-FI built-in, of course, (I’m paying for that one,) but the wrong one they sent me for free. There was one problem though, we couldn’t find UPS at first. When I looked up the address yesterday, my caregiver thought she knew where it was, but when we got there, she didn’t see it right away. I had to call mom, who told her to look for a packaging center, and that’s where it was. I asked the guy at UPS if the shipping was paid for, and he said that if it wasn’t, they’d take it out of my bill. I really don’t want them doing that, because I already have to pay for shipping on the other modem.
CenturyLink finally sent a modem with WI-FI built-in! We didn’t get to UPS to return the other one, but we’ll be doing that tomorrow. My caregiver plugged in all the cables, and I managed to get working WI-FI on the first try! This is good, because usually setting up wireless networks and I just don’t mix. Unfortunately, CenturyLink told me to keep my old modem, even though I have no idea what to do with it. It needs to go somewhere, right now I just don’t know where.
We were busy, we ended up praying for 5 people. OK, those 5 people did include our director, but it was still 5 people. This is the most we’ve had in a long time, we’ve actually had a lot of people who aren’t there, (where we just end up having someone sit in for the person.) That didn’t happen today though, I think everyone except one person was there.
I didn’t exactly mean to skip it, but I ended up falling asleep, and not waking up until 11:30. It was already time to go to bed, so I could get up for church this morning. I actually woke up on time, but didn’t get up until 7, and didn’t get out of the shower until 8, which was almost time to leave. I didn’t ride the bus home today, I had one of my friends from church, (the lady who came to clean my carpets,) bring me home.
After I got home, I was talking to mom on the phone, and she asked me what I was doing for Christmas presents. I told her I didn’t know, because no one made lists this year. She told me she had a list started, and started to say some things. It was then that I realized that since we’re taking a trip, we agreed on only doing stocking stuffers this year, (we agreed on that twice!) I told mom this, and she said “that’s fine,” as if she didn’t remember the conversations.