Sunday, March 04, 2012

Back Online Again

Parking lot art at the BMFA
Your regularly scheduled programming was interrupted due to a catastrophic hardware failure. I spit tea into my touch pad and killed my laptop completely dead.  It's worth mentioning that I have never spilled anything into a keyboard before. I just purchased my new unit Thursday afternoon, and  did not get to pick it up until Friday afternoon. I completed a long wait at the mall in Hyannis by having a fender bender in the parking lot. Arrrgh. I still have to pick up the backup from my late great laptop which will include a day of photos and my iTunes library. Those who have ever had to do it know that iTunes is only designed to go one way, and that without downloading special software (NOT from Apple) you cannot repopulate iTunes with your existing iPod library. I don't want to have to start again from scratch, so I am hoping it's all there and able to be backed up. The period of using my iPhone as my total online access was not fun. I am ruinously spoiled.
Proof that I was actually in the City

Picture of Roxy for Richard's enjoyment
This weekend Shana and I, joined by our friend Dea, actually went off Cape to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, ostensibly to see the new wing. As it turned out I really just wandered around in the old part of the building and only gave the new wing a glance. In my defense I have only been there once and it is so densely packed with every kind of wonderful art and furnishings that it's hard to focus on any one thing to give it the attention it deserves. This time I paid particular attention to some Sargent watercolors which I had not examined closely and Titian's Europa. Europa was one of Isabella Gardner's favorites and while she thought it was a depiction of great joy. I could not make out what Europa thought of the experience based on this painting, but whatever the emotion, it is a wonderful work. What a pleasure it must have been for her to live with these wonderful things on a daily basis! We rounded out the afternoon with a late lunch at Pho and I, serving a wide selection of Thai and Vietnamese food. It was about a half mile from the museum, so I felt good about ordering both coconut soup and bun! We each had something different and it all looked (and tasted) wonderful. I can recommend the restaurant - very pretty, not too expensive, and well located in addition to the selection and quality of the food.

I'm still wrestling a mountain of crochet to the ground. Two baby blankets and an afghan (especially requested) for Vivian are in progress and due in April. My library chair is surrounded by project bags; I hope I can meet all of the deadlines with beautiful finished gifts. Roxy is enjoying the process as she knows I will be in one place for a while. She hangs out in her crate while I crochet.


Kay Dennison said...

Yikes!!! I wondered where you were! Glad you're back!!!

Sounds like you and Shana are well and am always delighted to see Roxy!!!

jaykaym said...

Glad you are back! Missed you.

And I LOVE the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I've just been once and would love to be able to visit it often. What a wonderful place to wander around.

lacochran's evil twin said...

Glad it was your laptop that got totaled and not your car. Welcome back!

zippiknits...sometimes said...

Welcome back! Great to see you posting again. !!!

A couple of days ago I rebuilt iTunes on the desk top, and iTunes 10.1.?? now had a button way down in a drop down to re-populate FROM the iPod, which you would never know by trying to go the logical route - which they scared you out of following - for fear of losing all your online purchases. Glad you got your library back.