OK - this photo has virtually nothing to do with this blog post.
It just makes me happy - and since I'm in a celebratory mood... I thought I'd share.
Why so celebratory? Two reasons, I guess...
1. Internet Access has been restored to the House That Crazy Built. And it only took 3 freaking weeks. I still have nothing nice to say about the FWs at my Internet Service provider, so the less I say, the better off we all are.
Suffice to say that the battles with Customer Service will begin in earnest. On Monday. Having dealt with Technical Support for hours a day, every day for the past weeks - I think I need a holiday. Rest assured, however, that I will be in touch with Customer Service on Monday, and I will let them know exactly how horrific this entire ordeal has been.
(Basically, my plan is to beat them like a pinata, and see how much, if any, free stuff falls out. And then, we're probably going to change ISPs anyway. Not particularly nice of us, I know - but believe me, they've earned our disrespect.)
2. It's another all-party, all-the-time weekend around here. Schecky's turning 9* on Sunday! WooHoo!
Oh - and of course I can't forget yet another thing that is making me blissfully happy - all the sweet comments and emails that I got whilst I was offline! Reading them all, even belatedly, brought a smile to my face, every one. Thank you so much for all the internet commiserations, and all the lovely, lovely birthday wishes!
The 39th birthday was quite low-key and not at all traumatic. I got to sleep late, got to eat Thai food, and read my Harry Potter book all day. Not particularly exciting-sounding, I know (Hey! Cut me some slack, I'm like old and stuff!) but it was just what I wanted.
I truly enjoyed the HP book. Don't worry, no spoilers here - but I will just say that I am in awe of the attention that J.K. Rowling employed while she crafted these books - and she does remind me that writing is a craft; her level of detail is truly masterful. And the way that she ties everything together, and never seems to forget a single thing, and is able to weave in loose ends from all the previous books? I'm just in awe... One very happy fan-grrrl here.
Anyway - it's nice to be back, and I'm working on getting all "caught up" on your emails and blogs... I really missed the blogosphere, and all my lovely friends here!
*NINE? Sweet Cracker Sandwich! When did that happen? Where did my baby go???