The Second Week of the Rest of My Life

I took Julia to work this morning, shopped at Lidl despite what I said about them last week (it’s the lure of the bakery counter!) and came home. I did a bit of writing, replied to comments and read a few blog posts. I spoke to my sister, washed up and generally had what Julia will consider a lazy morning. It’s still better than it was, so I’m quietly pleased with myself.

I have downloaded Apache Open Office and am looking at it as a way of replacing Microsoft Office. It doesn’t have all the features of Office 365, but it doesn’t have the complexity or the cost. Refreshingly it doesn’t claim to be new and improved either. And so far it hasn’t lost any of my work. Office 365 has lost two pieces that I was working on yesterday. It’s the idiot/computer interface that’s the problem, rather than the inanimate software, but I can’t help thinking that I never had this problem with previous versions and that this isn’t Microsoft’s finest hour. I want to have my files on my computer, not squirrelled away in a cloud that I need an internet connection to access.

Yes, I know there are plenty of upsides to the system, but there are some big downsides too.

Open Office isn’t the most sophisticated of programmes, which suits me fine, but it’s nice to feel like you are in control, rather than in thrall to Microsoft.

Time for lunch now, and it’s a turkey sandwich for me. While we were clearing the freezer to make room for Christmas shopping we found a turkey crown.  This does not reflect well on our standards of housekeeping, or our memories. How do you forget something like that?

We decided it was better to eat it rather than save it as we didn’t want to spoil Christmas with ropey meat that had been in the freezer too long.

We had a roast dinner last night, with potatoes, parsnips, carrots, brussels, stuffing and gravy. It was very good, and even better because it was made for me. After tea I made sandwiches from the turkey on nice brown seeded bread with mayonnaise, cucumber, redcurrant jelly and stuffing. I’m going now, my sandwich is calling…

Header picture is a still life of a bored man waiting for his wife.

24 thoughts on “The Second Week of the Rest of My Life

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  2. tootlepedal

    Still, an extra Christmas dinner can’t be all bad. I am glad that you are getting on with Open Office. Have you tried GIMP for photo editing? It is free but not very intuitive.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      We had Christmas dinner again tonight, though we had no sprouts and had to have broccoli and spinach. It’s a hard life.

      Not sure I’m ready for too much excitement in the shape of a new photo editor yet. I still have to start using my new camera, which I’ve beem putting off for nearly 12 months.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        I’m still trying to track down all the files I lost over the last couple of days – can I move into the 20th century and rest a little before becoming up to date? 🙂

      2. Lavinia Ross

        Of course! Assemble your files, photos and forces, then rest up and prepare for battle in the 21st Century. I am continually amazed at how rapidly technology changes. 🙂

  3. Lavinia Ross

    We occasionally find surprises in the freezer. Usually it is old bones I have saved for making bone broth.

    Glad to hear you are exploring software alternatives. They often work well enough and are far less expensive.

  4. Laurie Graves

    We have a chest freezer, and we lose track of food all the time. Organized folks have a white board hanging by their freezer, and they keep a running inventory on that board. This is a level of organization that is beyond both Clif and me.


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