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The chronicles of Amelia's post road trip adventures

Wednesday, May 12

my life is a what? 

a vacation, you say? I was in front of a computer for at least 10 hours today (when I wasn't chasing turkeys), which certainly wasn't vacation-like, but I understand how you made the mistake, because I'm always having so much fun.

After that teaser post that I left last night(or this morning), I never really gave any more details. I haven't edited the video footage that I made, because I'm short a firewire cable, but I've got some photos from yesterday's activities.
Van Helsing was fun action, kind of corny in parts, but it's a good flick if you want to like it.

another day, another turkey saved 

It's just another day for me, Amelia the Great, animal rescuer extraordinare.

Usually it's turtles that I help cross the road, but today was special. It's so tough being a superhero.

free your software 

This morning I'm installing Mozilla's mail client, Thunderbird, one that I hope I can use to check all of my email accounts with minimal effort. While I'm busy with that, why don't you download and install Mozilla's Firefox browser. Why? because it's a good browser, and you're thirsting to support the open source community, I can see it in your eyes.


sushi, Radio Shack, fancy dresses, guns, film footage, four wheelers, Van Helsing....I'll write more when I wake up...

Tuesday, May 11


I was going to write more about how I'm switching my web host, and how best to avoid website downtime, but I don't really want to think about that anymore. I'm going to shoot guns and make movies instead.

Monday, May 10

four wheelin' 

Today was pretty cool. My website move is giving me some trouble, but I'm trying to be patient. There are loads of changes that I would like to make, but I'm going to try to do things one at a time.

I was a tech support girl today. It was just your standard fixing desktops, but I quickly got bored of taking apart dusty computers and installing anti-virus software. I took a break to play with some puppies and go four-wheeling with my niece and nephew. I didn't have my camera with me today, but next time, I'll take some pictures. It was great. I was flying all over the place, making sharp turns and kicking up lots of dust. Later, I went swimming with all of my clothes on, unintentionally, at first. I guess it's all or nothing with me.

early bird 

The dogs were barking at 6 this morning, and I woke up worrying that my website was going to be down. Get up, get up, my brain said, you've got work to do.

While I'm awake, let me tell you about the latest coolest thing to happen to me. I mentioned last week that I was going to be trying out Nextel's new wireless broadband service. I did, and it rocks.

I picked up my modem on Friday, but couldn't play around with it much because it was my sister's birthday and we were all getting together for dinner. So Saturday, while I drove to Matt's wedding, Harry (who's visiting this week) turned my car into a roving wireless access point. My Honda was a geekgirl's dream. It had a 60W power inverter (I'll probably need a more powerful one soon, but this one has worked for now), a clip-on power strip, a Netgear 802.11b wireless router, my Nextel modem, and a couple of laptops. I, unfortunately, was driving, so I couldn't concentrate on how cool it was to be surfing the internet in the car. We didn't solve the world's problems with all that technology, but it was handy nonetheless. We ran into traffic on I-40, and checked out the traffic cams to see how to get around it. And with my FM transmitter, we could listen to streaming internet radio through my car stereo. If you happen to be within a quarter mile of my car, you could use my broadband, too.

More about this later...

Sunday, May 9

the lacklen/foster wedding... 

It's Sunday, and I expect to have a few new readers soon. I saw some old friends this weekend and told them that the best way to find out what I've been up to lately is to come here. So, take a look around and send me an email. I'm switching to a new server tonight, so the site might be down some for a day or so. I'll have space for all my pictures, though, and I might even put them up.

Yesterday I drove to Greensboro to attend Matt Foster's wedding. Matt and I dated in high school. First love and all that. I've been reminiscing some since I got my invitation [which surprised me a bit]. If I was going to talk about him, I wouldn't even know where to start. I've only seen him a handful of times in the last 8 years, and I know that he has grown up a lot in that time. We both have. Had we met later in life, we might have had a much smoother time together. As it were, a relationship like ours demanded a lot more maturity than our teenage selves could muster. We were both a little scarred from it, I'm sure, but they're the kind of war wounds that you're proud to have.

We had a few minutes to chat last night, but for once, Matt didn't have much to say. We have an understanding, though, one that doesn't need verbalizing. I know that if I ever needed anything, he'd be there for me, and he knows I'd do the same for him. I don't know Emily that well, but I'm thrilled that he has met his match. She must be one in a million.

It was great to see his family again, and see a few other people that I haven't seen much in the last 8 years. It's cool how all that time can just disappear. It seems like yesterday that I was seeing them all on a daily basis. I know it makes me sound old when I greet his youngest brother with "I remember when you were this high [hand gestures at waist]." Ethan will be a heartbreaker, and I'm sure Liz already is.

I've got some work to do now, but I thought I'd catch you up on my weekend. Hopefully, switching this site to a new server will be seamless and easy, and you won't even know I was gone.

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