To Apple, Thanks for Nothing, Uriah Odell

I may look horrible in drag (no one will ever find out) but I LOVE that movie!  If you don’t get it, you really need to go watch some 90’s movies.

So after getting my phone fixed and enjoying having it back for about a week now (and dropping it, again, in a parking lot*) I decided to finally bite the bullet and sync it with the folks Vista computer to update to iOS4.  Thus far I’m not too happy with it.  I can’t multi-task or anything.  Why?  Because the phone is currently a useless pile of crap that has been “backing up” for over 8 hours! First, I had to update iTunes.  I didn’t think that would be so bad.  Two hours later, I changed my mind.  Thirty minutes after that I restarted my system.  45 minutes later I was finally able to open iTunes.  Then it took another 30 minutes for my phone to even begin syncing.

Then I said I wanted to update my OS.  Great, I thought, as it told me I had approximately 45 minutes to wait, this’ll be AWESOME to play with Pandora while I play on Facebook! Here I sit, 8+ hours later, still waiting for it to finish “Backing up Uriah’s Phone”.

On a good note, however, I finally started reading Rob Thurman’s Roadkill that I bought on release day.  And I also happened to discover that I missed the release day of her latest book.  Drat!  I absolutely MUST pick that up today when Borders opens!

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My Phone is Fixed! Yippee!

I said I was gonna write this yesterday. I didn’t. And I’m procrastinating by writing this now. But I wanted to write about my experience with SquareTrade. It. Was. Awesome! In so many ways!

They said I could wait up to six months to mail it in for repairs after I dropped it. Who would want to wait six months to get their phone fixed? Well, I almost missed my time frame because ALL HELL HAS BEEN BREAKING LOOSE! but, really, the experience was great.

They sent me this nifty iBox (get it?) to put my phone in that has foam designed to fit snugly around it. I mailed it off on Monday. When I got the call from UPS it was being returned Thursday I thought I missed the six month mark and they weren’t going to fix it. WRONG! the service was just THAT FREAKING FAST!

And not only did they replace my shattered screen, they whiped my entire phone down and cleaned it! It was like getting a new one all over again!

I totally recommend them to any clumsy person with expensive electronics.

Gah!

So I’ve been a horrible blogger lately! There’s been SO much going on! I’ve been transfered again and have been super busy and finally sent off my phone to get fixed and the garden died but came back like a horde of zombies at the Super Bowl and OMFG it’s just too damned much! ACK! I can’t keep up with it all!

But I’m gonna try and be a better blogger the rest of the Summer. I pinky swear!

I’m a Horrible Plant Father

So I killed all of my plants.  It’s horrible.  I feel like I should be taken in by CPS, only it wouldn’t be CPS, it would be PPS, and then I’d get beaten for making immature PP jokes.  Then they’d ask me if I was even taking this seriously and I’d be all, “Um, hello, they were plants, not people.  We eat them.  What part of this do you not understand?”  And then they’d throw chlorophyll on me and call me a monster, but PETA would applaud me, and then I’d invite the PETA people to a nice steak dinner, and then I’d be covered in pig’s blood and chlorophyll.  Then I’d have to convert BACK to Christianity because I’d be Christmas colors and I’m just not okay with that.

But, yeah, I killed them.  It was more an accidental homicide, but, alas, my babies are all dead or dying.  Even my totally rockin pumpkin that was kicking ass and taking names…poor thing’s trying to protect itself…which basically means it cut itself off from everything and is going to be a tiny little nub coming out of the dirt in the next day or two.  I almost cried.  And this late in the year I likely won’t get much of a harvest from the seedlings I planted after this gruesome discovery, if I get any kind of harvest, and that’s assuming they’re even going to germinate.

I’m ready this time, though.  If they do, in fact, germinate, they’ll do so right around the time of my next check, which means I can make a tiny little greenhouse for them, so hopefully they’ll all survive.  The greenhouse won’t really work for the peppers, though.  Those’ll just stay out and enjoy their natural habitat.  If Texas weather cooperates.

Yeah, when your backyard’s green in June out here, it signifies a problem.  That’s just not natural for Texas.

As if I wasn’t hot already

The air conditioner has died. So if it doesn’t cool off and I can’t find a good enough fan, it’s to a hotel for me this weekend. I might try and put up with it tonight and wait until tomorrow night. It would work better, anyway…possibly…I don’t really know how hotels work…

And there’s drama in my life but I can’t post that yet…

So BORED!

Sitting in what remains of a break during my training. Really rather boring, I gotta say. I think they need to make “Extreme Training”. It would work much better and people would retain much more. Oh, wait, someone tried that and got sued. Although, we wouldn’t have to include waterboarding in OUR extreme training. Just some high wire acts and such.

I always wanted to be a farmer

Ever since I can remember I wanted to live on a farm.  Not the kind of farm where you killed things, but the kind of farm where you grew things.  I always wanted to have corn, broccoli, lettuce, dairy cows, etc.  I wanted to go outside and pick dinner, not pull it out of a sack.  Recently I discovered hydroponics, so I figured I’d give it the good ol’ college try.

Thus far I’m merely experimenting, but I figure I might as well catalogue my experiments.  I might not follow all the rules I was taught in school when it comes to experiments, but I sure as hell try.

Just planted

The day I planted my seed

I simply went to Wal-Mart and purchased a starter tray with peat pellets and had at it.  Okay, I decided not to plant 72 seeds at once because 1) I didn’t want to be overwhelmed and B) I would have had a huge harvest I couldn’t possibly consume, so I’m doing a set each week.

Day 5, some seedlings going on

This is the morning of Day 5

The lettuce is at the bottom and that huge thing is the pumpkin.  In a few hours, the watermelon, just above the lettuce, sprouted a good 2 inches.  I feel loved by my future food.  I wound up having to transplant the pumpkin into a different mini greenhouse, which it outgrew in less than an hour, so it’s now sitting in the window, thusly:

6 inches in only 6 days

This thing's gonna be HUGE!

Hopefully it’ll continue at this rate, but who knows.  I have high hopes for this pumpkin.  A nice, big Jack O Lantern and some awesome pie, at the least!  The watermelon and lettuce have also been transplanted into new mini greenhouses:

Bottles of lettuce and watermelon

Look how tall those melon seedlings are already!

That melon has grown that big in less than 24 hours.  I’m excited, for both of them.  All three of my lettuce seeds have taken, but they look kind of weak, so we’ll see what becomes of them.  Tomorrow I’m going to plant more seeds, so if they don’t take, it’s not too huge of a loss.  Still haven’t decided if I’m going to do the lettuce hydro or not for the first set.  I might do this soil and the next water culture, but who knows how I’ll feel when it comes time to transplant.

And since I haven’t read anything about hydroponic root veggies, guess what I’m doing?  That’s right, carrot and leek hydro!  I have the entire system planned and the seeds germinating, so we shall see what happens.  The only picture I have thus far is pretty boring since I sowed them only yesterday, but since you asked, why, yes, here is a picture of them in their greenhouse:

It's just dirt, you aint missing much

So exciting, right?

There.  You’re welcome.