Wednesday, May 16, 2007

back in the saddle

We have liftoff! I was without my laptop and cut off from my email for almost a week and though it's been a productive time in other ways, and I did manage to visit a couple of blogs on the other computer, it felt really weird. What did I do? A bunch of pen-and-ink drawings (which I haven't done in years), a collage that didn't end up in the garbage can and I finally completed an overdue commission. Not only that, I washed all the floors (alert the media!), learned how to launder the down pillows and duvets myself (no more dry cleaning bills and chemicals) and did some experimental cooking with 'superfoods' like quinoa and pomegranate juice. I also got an extra gym workout in, helped my son prepare for a major presentation and did a little weeding. Clearly I need to lose my laptop more often!

That said, the status quo has returned and I now have 60GB to play with. My grubby old laptop and I are happy again.


Blogger Angela Rockett said...

It's amazing what one can get done without advanced technology making one's life easier ;)

Love the little bird piece here.

I just picked up quinoa for the first time myself at the store this morning. We'll have to compare notes.

16/5/07 3:19 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Welcome back! Some of us were starting to fret...
That's a lotta gigs you got.Size is, indeed, important!
Beautiful birdie,too.

16/5/07 3:47 p.m.  
Blogger Ces said...

Oh good. Now you can hop to my blog and read what I wrote about you!

16/5/07 5:26 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Welcome back to the land of the computer-addicted... :-)

Quinoa rocks, btw. Millet can be pretty darn good too.

16/5/07 11:00 p.m.  
Blogger Cream said...

Welcome back!
Yes, I think we should all have a little holiday from technology every now and then...

17/5/07 12:15 a.m.  
Blogger susan said...

ah hello again andrea! nice to see you and the collage is "tweet"!
send me a high res image when you get around to it for the summer splendor postcard... :-)
can't wait!
talk to you soon?

17/5/07 4:36 a.m.  
Blogger HMBT said...

My computer did the same thing over the past two weeks...I got my whole house cleaned, and unpacked the rest of the moving boxes! hehehe, welcome backe and that's a wonderful new work, I like the lines and the birds the front image is my favorite.

17/5/07 5:06 a.m.  
Blogger Merisi said...

Welcome back, all 60GB of you! :-))
I swung by here last night, and saw what had befallen you. *drats* Wanted to alert you to the wonderful exhibit of a Romanian glass artist here in Vienna. Maybe you'd want to come over. ;-)

17/5/07 6:16 a.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

You can launder down pillows and duvets by yourself??

It sure sounds like you accomplished a lot. Perhaps I should lock my laptop away. (Losing my hard drive just to do some laundry would be a bit extreme ;) )

17/5/07 6:33 a.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

So glad you are back in fine fettle. Is there an actual term for computer withdrawal? There should be because it's a similar process to being separated from other addictive behaviors. May you enjoy your new tech, my friend.


17/5/07 7:34 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I know I used to get a lot more done around my house before computers! I try not to sign on after 3pm...and the temptation is oh so terrific.

Love the bird too.

LOL size does matter!

17/5/07 8:48 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Quite amazing how much time the computer sucks up, isn't it? I'm glad you're back, and with all that storage space! I love the bird against the floral background... it has a very fresh look... any new paintings in the works?

17/5/07 9:09 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

It's been quiet out here without you! Ha yer very funny!!!

17/5/07 9:56 a.m.  
Blogger ziggi said...

perhaps we should put laptops away for the summer!
I love the musical birdie

17/5/07 10:43 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Angela: I liked it -- I cooked it in chicken broth.

Dinah: There are instances where supersizing is an advantage, though it can be just as unhealthy...

Ces: And I did. Thanks, Ces.

Tara: I discovered that these 'superfoods' can also be super expensive. I guess it's all a matter of balance. Good thing I have a herb garden now, thanks to you!

Cream: No arguments from me. I think I need to schedule regular technology breaks from now on.

Susan: Thanks and done.

HMBT: I feel like I accomplished a lot just because I also didn't have a lot of deadline pressure breathing down my neck, too.

Merisi: Glass -- that's a difficult medium! Must check it out.

Alda: The trick is to tumble dry the article on cold/air for many hours. I probably spent as much money on electricity drying the duvet and pillow as I'd have paid the dry cleaner...

Ian: I'm still trying to tweak it to be as user friendly (for me anyway) as it was before. It's the same process as getting a new computer -- which I only realized belatedly.

Cynthia: Excellent practice. I must try that.

Carla: I'm strangely dry on the painting front though I am working on a logo.

Val: What are you implying? :)

Ziggi: The whole summer!!!!????

17/5/07 11:09 a.m.  
Blogger daisies said...

:) such a beautiful bird piece !!

welcome back!! wow ~ maybe i should attempt to leave my laptop for a while and see what i can accomplish, erm .. uh ... yeah ... ;)

17/5/07 12:03 p.m.  
Blogger Joyce said...

ooooh, scarey to get cut off from e-mail! (Do we need a support group or something?)

Welcome back!

17/5/07 12:55 p.m.  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

I hope that the Boss isn't mad at me for changin his lyrics a smidge...

"Well now home entertainment was my baby’s wish
So I hopped into town for a satellite dish
I opened up the laptop in my japanese car
I came home and I pointed it out into the stars
A message came back from the great beyond
There’s 60 Gigs of Memory and nothin’ on,
60 Gigs of Memory and nothin’ on."


17/5/07 1:52 p.m.  
Blogger ** Terramia ** said...

Isn't it amazing how much our lives have evolved over the years... in terms of technology and how it has dramatically changed our days? A computer... email... and 7 days. Wow. Poetic. Profound. Nearly punishing.
A powerful experience no doubt... (;

18/5/07 12:29 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Daisies & Joyce: The first step is the hardest!

HE: You poet you. (Don't tell the Boss.) And in spite of what you write, I am wearing a ratty old dressing gown and slippers! :)

Terramia: Ain't it strange how quickly we humans adapt to a new way of life? 10 years ago and none of this would've been an issue for me.

18/5/07 7:48 a.m.  
Blogger fin said...

i love the birdie

25/5/07 10:29 a.m.  

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