I pushed myself too hard over the weekend (which I'll write more about later). I didn't notice until Sunday, when I'd already done it. If I can just push on through the next two days, I can collapse on Thursday. I'm not catching up on rest today -- I had an appointment at the clinic earlier and have prescriptions to pick up in a little while and my house is terribly hot and I've got rehearsal tonight. So I'll try to borrow Thursday's spoons to get through today. I fear that by the time I can take a nap, the odds of my waking up again in time for 3LF tonight will be too low to chance it.
It's also hot outside my house. Schools here closed early due to excessive heat, adults' schedules are rearranged so they can take care of their kids coming home early, and in my section of town I saw a couple of fire hydrants opened with children playing in the spray from them. A day of much perspiration.
I called to cancel my landline phone service. Talk America charges an extra $10 to cancel service, which seems like a rip off (though I won't be surprised if I hear that other phone companies do it too. While I was on hold, I got a call-waiting tone. That line was never supposed to have call-waiting on it -- it had been unexpectedly added in the past and removed again at my request -- because it was only for the modem. No point in complaining about it now, but even if getting overcharged on taxes and surcharges weren't an issue, failure to stick to what I'd ordered would be a strike against them ifwhen I want a landline again. (I would have been switching providers if I were keeping a normal phone line, having eventually found out how much less some other providers charge under the "taxes and other stuff the government says we have to charge" heading.) Getting charged $10 to stop being their customer just seems wrong.
Over the weekend, I came home one night to find my kitchen table wet. Wiping up the liquid, I saw that it was brown (not immediately apparent on a brown table in dim light). Moving things out of the way, I found that the puddle was larger than it had first appeared ... It turned out that a can of cola in the middle of a cardboard 12-pack carton had burst. I haven't seen a column of ants yet, so I probably managed to find all the places it dripped and wipe them up. I'm blaming the weather.
I'm also blaming the weather (and/or pollen) for the pain-that-feels-different-from-migraine in my face. Cheeks, eyes, pressure: I'm thinking sinuses. Speaking of not-migraine, next clinic visit we start addressing the fibromyalgia.
With my new ISP, I was having a bunch of routing problems: there were sites I could reach via the dialup connection that I couldn't get to via the wireless. (I had a couple of machines still using the dialup gateway for a default route, for comparison.) Sometimes traceroute would show success on one interface and failure on another; other times traceroute would be blocked but a web browser on one machine could get there via dialup while a browser on a different machine couldn't reach via wireless. Most sites worked, but a few -- Home on the Strange and Zap2It's television listings among them. Then the power went out for a few minutes one day and I had to restart every machine in the house. All but one of those mysterious routing problems vanished (I can't telnet directly to my old ISP -- I get a connection then the connection drops right away -- but I can telnet there from a shell on Panix). So I guess the problem I was documenting to complain about was a) inside my house after all, and b) even more mysterious than it appeared. Anyhow, that was the final piece for getting rid of the landline. The financial savings that were the main reason for getting the wireless connection will finally be realized (once i dig out from the overdue phone bills that have piled up).
And on the wireless broadband front ... sometimes the speed feels really nice (it wasn't important enough to justify getting broadband before I found out I could save money with it, but yeah, I wanted it before) ... and sometimes, when Windows has too much stuff open and is thrashing the swapfile, things are every bit as slow as dialup was (except that I an have a screaming fast FTP transfer going on another machine at the same time). These days I have a couple of reasonably-powered machines (considering that they're old, free hand-me-downs), but I've still got slow and or small-memory machines in some rooms. I need to get in the habit of only opening that many windows on the machines that can cope. (I haven't found out how badly I have to torture a Linux machine to make it slow down that far. Then again, the Linux box I run X on is faster than any of my Windows boxes.