The Second Installment of Here’s Where I’ve Been For The Last Stretch Of Time

And, if you’re not bored yet, this thing keeps rollin’.

Random observation: There are all of these either police cars or firetrucks that we always hear that have sirens like in Indiana Wants Me. What’s up with that? I’ve never heard so many sirens that sound like that…anywhere. They sound ancient. I’m afraid that anything that sounded like that might kick if pressed into actual service. But I hear it every day…so it must be a real emergency vehicle.

I gave that barky dog that lives across the hall too much credit. I thought it only barked at new people. Nope. It just barks when it feels like it.

It’s also earned itself a less than kind nickname. We used to call it Roofington. But later, when we started to wonder if it was the source of that nasty smell we notice in the hall, we’ve taken to referring to it as Shitlip. We don’t know what’s going on with that, but we’ve noticed less of that nasty smell. Maybe the owners of Shitlip heard us talking in the hall. Maybe they noticed Steve running up and down the hall with a Febreeze can spraying the jeebers out of the area. I don’t know. All I know is I’m enjoying not snarfing animal pee whenever I come home.

I just got some pretty exciting news back on my birthday. The huppy’s mom is going to have another one! In september, the huppy is not going to be an only child anymore. The little guy is trying to understand just what’s going on, but he can’t imagine that he was ever a baby. This could be an interesting little while. I miss being able to help her out with stuff as it gets closer to the big due date.

This month has been insane, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. I was asked to go help demonstrate Desire2Learn’s accessibility awesomeness as part of a sales day at a college in New Hampshire. This meant a couple of us zoomed down one day, arrived late that afternoon, did our thing, then ate a meal, crashed, and flew back the next day. That trip was the first time I’ve ever had to leave a message asking for a cab. Um? Not very reassuring. Luckily, the pilot of our eeny weeny plane took pity on us and drove us to the campus. Um, how often does that happen? We’re very very lucky, and we thank you, Mr. pilot. You saved our butts.

Also, in other cool news, because of my job, I get to go to a wicked conference. Yes, little ol’ me gets to go to CSUN! WOOOOOOO! Hmmm I wonder if they heard me all the way from California?

So, for people who don’t know, CSUN is one of the biggest access technology and accessibility conferences around. It’s been a dream of mine to be able to go and play with stuff that’s not even on the market yet. Now, I get to do that, plus expand my brain for work. Yeah! I’m a happy woman. I’m going to be a flattened husk of a woman afterwards, but as of now, I’m a happy woman. So if you’re going to be at CSUN, maybe we can meet up! Wooo!

And after I recover from that trip, I have only 3 weeks until I go get my new dog…but I’ll talk about that more in another piece of this beastly beast of a post. But in the interest of making this piece end in a normal spot, I might split it here. But believe me, there is more! Soon you’re going to wish I hadn’t come back.

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  1. Mind. Blown.

    PS: You, at CSUN? If I didn’t like you, I’d hate you so freakin’ hard right now. Awesome go, wee small. Just, uh, don’t forget to breathe once in a while, yeah?

  2. Hehehhe. Yeah I’ll try. It feels like it’ll be pretty damn intense.

    Every now and then I just stop and go “Ohmygod CSUN ohmygod!” Then go back to normal lol.

  3. Good old Shitlip. And all because one day we came home to that stench and barking and it got to me just a little too much.

    “Ahh shut up, Shitlip!”

    And then Brad was here, asked what the thing’s name was and the rest is history. Shitlip he is.

    And it was Ro who inspired me to air freshen the hall. Running up and down it like a maniac was my idea. Nobody was there at the time, which was why I did it. But the hearing us talking about the smell and calling them in, I said that stuff loudly in front of their door on purpose. Oddly enough, things have been better since I did. Funny that.

  4. All kinds of good news from you. I looked up CSUN in hopes that it might be cloee to here. It’s not, darn it.

    Have a great time.

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