F 1 D 0 - 2003 06 23 at 1158 Things I should do. Things I shouldn't do. I got up at 930am this morning, but last night was late with practicing dance cues. I'll be leading my weekly dance again tonight, but it is my first time *ever* leading and Irish Set. I've chosen The North Kerry Set. It has a Quarterhouse figure, which is the theme of the set. It moves! But the choreography isn't hard to remember. I've been thinking that dances have a litany. Not just cues, but things dancers should say to themselves to get it just right. For Quarterhouse: "In two three, and Out two three, then around to the next position!" The last figure in the Kerry Set is a Hornpipe visiting figure. So of course, all of the figures change. Hornpipe music is hard to describe, but the littany will help. For Hornpipe Quarterhouse: "Stomp in two three, Stomp Out two three, and around, and around." So one of the things I should do is prepare a schedule with song locators today. And I should practice this at least once more. So, I got up at 930am, but didn't stay up. In the end, I went downstairs at 11am. I saw a web site I was interested in. I was reading at Librarian.net a recent presentation, the speaker's note cards. I wanted to copy the style sheet, and just learn how it is done. You see, I don't program with style sheets yet. I should. That's the HTML of the future. These got saved into my Download directory. I went to DOS, as always, and tried to tell the computer to 1. make a CSS directory 2. move the CSS things into it. I got the parameters mixed up. I managed moving the entire \download directory to \d\css Wait, I'm not finished doing damage. It took me a moment to figure this out. I look, and my download directory, and contents, are Gone! I found them fast enough. So I decide to copy them (not move them) back where they belong. Urg. I had a NUMBER of CD images there. These are big files. Each about 670 megs. I don't want to corrupt my hard drive by not letting a copy close its file. So I hit Control-C, and just wait 10 minutes for it to finish. I took some time to have a look at these files. I should erase them, rather than keep them around. When it is time, I should locate and download them afresh, rather than archive these monsters. I couldn't bring myself to it. So I've still got them here. So, I should NOT try to do anything too cute with the computer as my first thing. And I should try to erase these oversized files without remorse. Talking about cleaning up, Ann comes back home in One Week. So now I'm thinking I'd better start restoration Real Soon Now. My own surface is in need of a serious declutter. Then I can return my own system there. And then when she comes back home, her computer and desk will be vacant. Oh, I have good excuses for having occupied the foreign territory. Without her computer around, I need to be close enough for a USB connection to the printer. Yah, that's it, right. The dining room table isn't bad, but it isn't good. The kitchen table isn't bad, but it isn't good. The counter is *bad*. And that isn't good. Garbage has been under control, but recycle isn't. Pickup of waste has been a source of irritation for me. I prepare the newspapers and leave them out on recycling day, and they remain on the sidewalk. That bothers me. Now if I just ignore the men with a neon X, and take it myself, I don't even think about it. Yes, we have a recycling centre, where you drive in town. About 20 dumpsters, all well labelled. Newspaper, cardboard, plastics, soda tins, other cans, other paper, glass, appliances. I just drive down there, 'mail' each of the things where it goes, and I feel like I've finished a job well done. The guys ignoring my newspaper? That still gets me upset. Not having a vehicle for regular use is a problem, so the paper will remain for another week. I've rediscovered Diet Jello. The package makes a small 2 cup serving. I've taken up losing about six gummie candies into the hot water, and now it makes four cups of gel dessert COMFORTABLY. The problem, of course, is that the gummies are NOT sugar free, but I will live. I've also rediscovered Diet Instant Pudding. This is better than the jello, because it provides so much truly instant gratification. In five minutes, it is fully set. And if ignored in the fridge, it is very well behaved. I made a container of it a couple of days ago, and it is very happy. Strawberries are rarely happy. They seem determined to get old faster than you like, no matter how beautiful they were when you brought them home. I lucked out recently, and got some half price ones. Their only sin was the container itself. Completely broken. So they wrapped it in this Wonderful shrink wrap they have at all supermarkets. Now the berries were *very* beautiful, but moist. Normally they get a bit dry, and they grow green fur, then they go soft again. These? They appeared sugared or something. I drop about eight of them into a 750ml container, and combine with 1/4 ts citric acid, 5 packages of aspartame. Fill with milk to 2/3 full, as the blending process seems to hate full containers. I used to chop the strawberries. No more. I just keep mashing with the plunge blender until I get what I want. A thick concoction. Oh, I thought this might be a good use for slightly stale, but not gone bad yet milk. Where it has separated into milk solids. Take my advice. Don't do it. It tastes fine, but since the milk has already separated and turn solid, it no longer thickens and homogenizes with the berries. It just stays the same. Which is what? Firm whey. Liquid skim milk. Berries in puree. But they don't thicken. They just mix together, and remain such as they are. Taste? Just as good as always. The consistency was just so wrong. I should rush to a sports store I've never been to. I've got to get a Tai Chi t-shirt as admission to this event July 1st. I'm also dancing with the Scots in Old Fort William that day. And I'll have to change the linens on the studio for the new guests coming in. Wow. Lot's of things I should do. That's all I know.