The little visitor aka the kitten is doing well. Although we were worried about his very young age and his naval hernia, he is eating and drinking and all systems, shall we say, are working. Tomorrow we have a vets appointment with him. Last night I put him on the scale and weighed him and he turned up at one pound, nine ounces. that's DINKY. And when you consider that our other cats are in the 10-15 lb range - WOW.
He's particularly cute tonight - insists on sitting on my shoulder and snuggling up to my neck and ear. Unfortunately can't get much done that way. He's in the crate right now until I get some wash and quilting done.
As a welcome break for your brain - you might want to click the new link at left for Twink - Toy Piano Music . This music comes from some friends of mine at Tripod/Lycos and it just always puts a big smile on my face. I was looking at their site today and notice that they'll be having an album coming out in early 2002. Congrats to them and I'll be watching so I can get my copy! There's nothing wrong with interesting music that makes you feel good inside.
I don't think I posted this link before - it's a retired Sage professor's site showing his wonderful panoramic images of this area. I was lucky enough to meet him in the Apple store in Crossgates Mall.
10/28/2001 08:00:00 PM
Tis the season. On the way home from the store today, Ron and I were reminiscing about how Mo the cat came to live with us on the previous presidential election night. All the inside cats were running from window to window and we kept hearing a strange noise. Finally I opened the door expecting to find a possum or racoon. Nope - a wee black cat who wouldn't take no for an answer. Mo is one of the best natured, friendliest cats known to man.
After pulling up in front of the house, Ron popped the trunk so I could get out the groceries. Just then a little black kitten came dashing out from the corner of the house next door, through the grass and past me, close enough that all I had to do was reach down and snatch him. He's only about 7 weeks old. Cute little bugger. we're not 100 per cent sure of gender yet. he's black with white toes and chest and nose . White nose whiskers and one white eyebrow whisker. Sweet little thing. We're not really in the market for another cat, but what can you do?
Cool site: Virtual Union Square where there are lots of photos and other art work responding to 9/11/01 along with words to go with them.
10/26/2001 12:59:00 AM
After a long hard day at work, I met Ron at the Town of Colonie town hall for a ceremony honoring employees, volunteers and citizens who served in response teams at the World Trade Center. It was a short and sweet affair with a goodly turn out of folks from the rescue team that Ron is part of, as well as people in the EMS and fire departments in town. I took a few photos and posted them here.
I put in two photos of the group shot taken afterwards. I was standing off to one side while the "official" photographer was more in the center. When I got home I realized that there's one person who's just about out of view. The reason I put two of the same grouping is because I find that with group shots, there's a lot going on and it's interesting to see the different expressions etc.
Anyway, I was glad they had this ceremony and was glad to attend with Ron.
We decided not to hang out and hob nob, instead opting for mexican food. A nice evening after a sort of cranky day.
I forgot to post that yesterday just as I pulled into the crossgates mall parking lot the sun popped out and I looked up to see a full arc rainbow. I stayed outside as long as I could to admire it. Couldn't help notice all the too-young, mostly Old Navy employees, out having a "break" smoking like chimneys, backs to the rainbow and totally oblivious of either it or the nice bit of sunrise going on above them.
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All right. Ron says I've come dangerously close to "drinking the kool-aid" over this new product from Apple. I think it's just a stunning design and idea. I'm not even into MP3 players, but it's still tempting and in oh so small a package.
If you have a pretty high connection speed, there are two video clips that are worth watching - here. Click one of the links under "See iPod in Action" there. The first is the new ad for the new iPod. The second is a combination of Apple people talking about the idea and execution and the rest are musicians talking about it.
All in all, I'm supportive. Apple's whole history is one of pushing the envelope and developing far-ahead, innovative technology and this seems right up there with that.
Other than that? Not much new here with me. Quilting in little bits and wishing I had more time. Will have to block out some time to do some web page work on the NYQ! site. Would like a more polished look to go with the new info. Guess my taste is changing a bit. Came up with a new button. Since the raffle quilt page was received with no problems, I might use the simple frame design to enclose the rest of the site as well. Still pondering.
Quiet and nice Sunday. Started off with the NYTimes ritual reading. Ron had warned me that the magazine was going to be grim, but it went way beyond that in oh so many ways. Doesn't give me much hope for the world when a grandmother fleeing Kabul into Pakistan would hold her infant grandson up to the Taliban and urge them to take the child rather than beating and possibly killing her grown son. Her comment was that her son was the only person who could work on behalf of the family. I guess I understand the survival thinking there but barely.
That's really only the tip of the iceberg. If you want to see more, you can find it at the NYTimes site.
Then we visited with my parents for awhile. Mom is busy making christmas stockings for a guild project in December.
Came home and made gingersnaps, a double batch so I can share at work, especially with Kenn (OS Kenn as we call him) the Asst manager who is making my schedule more bearable - thank you very much. They came out pretty good, even that first sheet which always comes out a little darker than the rest. Did the dishes, cleaned the frig. Made coffee to go with the cookies! Very important.
Now I've been helping Ron with some photos he's working on for someone else. Meanwhile, I've been surfing a bit and found a cool blog
Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. - Gandhi
Doesn't that seem like great guidance in so many aspects of life? I'm thinking about using that in an appeal for volunteers for our quilt show NYQuilts! - yes, you might only be sitting at a table taking tickets for a couple hours but it's so important to the whole show. Even more so, it's so important to the people who organize the show to know that the show is important enough to you to give up some of your time for as well.
So even if you can only do a little bit of an apparently unimportant job, DO sign up to do it. Ask what needs to be done, whether for your favorite cause, your local school, a local charity, your community. No one is asking for a lifetime commitment -- only that you do a little bit of the whole. If you can do that little bit on a regular basis - GREAT. If not it's still a little bit that got done, and got done by you.
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For a video clip of the store opening, taken by one of the customers. It's rather large, so you probably want to give it a headstart before starting it. Ron's in it, and I think I go by very briefly. Also it's shot in sort of music video style - lots of movement - so dramamine might be in order.
First day in the Albany/Crossgates Mall Apple Store --
Here's a photo of me, dressed for the part, in the kids section. Photo courtesy of the canadian visitors, who posted pre-opening reports and photos to a canadian mac site, ehmac.com This pair of mac loyalists travelled from canada just for our opening and were not only first in line and through the door but made the first purchase of the day as well.
Worked in the afternoon talking about ibooks and imacs and even sold a couple. Now I'm a tired pup,
Telemarketing gone bad: -- This really tickled my funny bone in a perverted sort of way.
The phone rings. I pick it up.
"Mrs. Goodman?" the voice asks.
"yes" I reply.
--telemarketing mode on - something about resort vacations.....--
I say "See ya!" as I hang up the phone. OK. Normally Ron and I will say something like - we're-not-interested-in-phone-solicitations-goodbye, as we're hanging up the phone.
I go back towards what I was doing.
The phone rings AGAIN. I pick it up.
The voice says "See ya" Click!
Well, despite it all, my two quilts are ready for the Berkshire Quilt Festival - Sat & Sun 10-5, at the Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield MA. I have the sleeves on, binding done etc. Even nailed down the purple edges on the winter quilt. all in all a productive night and now I'm going to bed. I'm rather sleep deprived at the moment, so I'm giving it up a bit early.
Today was "graduation day" for our group of new Apple Store employees. Find more about the store.