Well, yes, I have been away for a few days. It’s not that there isn’t plenty to tell you, but then again, is there really all that much to say? I have continued to make some progress at getting the Nest seem a little less like a storehouse of boxes and a little more like a home…and then, again, a whole new wave of boxes has recently arrived at the place…and so certain parts of the apartment are once again rocking the Warehouse Chic look. Steps forward. Steps Back.
And then, there’s been the whole computer business, as my home system crashed and burned in a big showy way last week. Somewhere along the way, my virus protection had stopped protecting without my having realized it…I can’t imagine why, can’t think of a single thing which might’ve distracted me from this in recent days. Anyway, it was Kaput. But there were other things to capture the imagination.
Election Day turned out to be both exciting and historic, as we elected Barack Obama to the office of President. To commemorate the momentous occasion, I framed and hung this notecard I’ve been fond of for a while. Here it is hanging on that purple wall Badum helped me paint a week or so ago.
As exciting as this was, however, Election Day also brought a stark reminder that, while many people are comfortable with the idea of electing an African-American into the country’s highest office (and isn’t that mindset long overdue…), they are still also comfortable with denying rights to people based on who they love.
The news that Prop 8 in California passed, as did a variety of other homophobic bits of law around the country, was a pretty disheartening contrast to the presidential excitement.
At first, I tried to console myself that the Obama Administration had already expanded federal hiring policies to not exclude people based on their gender identity or orientation…but then I was reminded that this is actually just a restoration of something which had been in place during the Clinton Administration. Steps forward. Steps back.
Comfortable admitting that I have an internet addiction, I can tell you that I wasted no time in going online and designing a new desktop computer from DELL, which arrived here on Friday afternoon.
I was properly rewarded for my frugal option NOT to order a new keyboard by discovering that I would therefore need an adaptor costing twice the savings in order to make the OLD keyboard compatible with the new CPU. Steps forward. Steps back.
But all’s well now, and the new system is quite enjoyable…especially the new big monitor. And I’ve got new software available to me, including an actual Photoshop program…which allows me to try some new things with my pictures. Just look at all the time I wasted developing this fuschia photo.
It’s fun to have the new system, but suddenly, it’s a whole new learning curve. A new operating system -Vista -which is, not bad, but different…and a little disconcerting for that. I might not think its so bad…but it may just be too soon to tell.
And really, I shouldn’t be letting myself be distracted with the new computer, when there are still things to be painted or unpacked, or framed or…whatever.
Or maybe that’s just a little more of my impatience with my recently-unsettled life. Every time I turn around, something else seems to be changing and I begin to wonder if it’s painful for a caterpillar, the whole business of metamorphosis and do they long for the whole transformation to be finished?
And really, at what point in our lives is the whole business of transformation finished?
And so then I realize I don’t want to be longing for an end to anything. And fortunately, I have this wonderful cat who keeps leaping into my lap and snuggling in for some serious rubbing and snuzzling.
He helps me remember what’s really important is this time we spend together. The little things we do for one another which make us smile…or purr. Those are the things I need to pay more attention to. Because with a kitty murmuring warm against me, its easier to see that all the rest, those steps, all the forward and back…
That’s just dancing.