Well, I was able to get some reading done last night...woo-hoo. There were other things that need to be done, but I all I could do was lie flat on my back and read.
I hurt my back last night, just pulled it or something, nothing worse, but oh boy did it hurt!! I've been doing a lot of sewing, so my back's been sore after bending over cutting things out anyway. Then yesterday I was cleaning my room and bending over vacuuming, and also carried the heavy sewing machine out of the room...anyway, right before supper I was bending over working on something and as I tried to straighten up my back spasmed. So it was hurting horribly all last night...it's a little better this morning, more just stiff and a bit sore rather than excruciating pain. Soo...I guess I'll be moving slow today, and I'll be getting Colin to pick things up for me because I still don't feel like I'd better be bending over much. Thankfully I got my room all cleaned yesterday, so I mostly have stuff I can do sitting down or standing up straight. Which is fine, as long as I'm not in a ton of pain, I can keep going...just without bending over!
My room was a mess too...dust bunnies everywhere...I think they probably had fangs! :p But I got the floor cleared so other people who don't have the map of my room in their heads can walk through without injury! :) And I vacuumed and dusted everything thoroughly...I even gently vacuumed out my computer because it was getting pretty bad. Yes, you read that correctly, I vacuumed out my computer. My computer has to be open to work, so it gets a lot of dust inside it and I have to get the dust out every once in a while.
It's set up as wireless, so there's an (airport?) card so that it can connect to the cable modem which is out on the other computer. Anyway, the only card we have is the one that used to be in our now-dead laptop, so it's not made to fit inside a computer, and it sticks out and the body of the computer can't be closed. Sometime we probably need to get the right kind of card for it, but we already have this and it's free, so I guess I'll just keep vacuuming my computer occasionally! :) The purple and black thing is the card...and the black part that says "Orinoco" on it is the part that won't fit in the computer:
See? now you can see the floor in my room! Amazing!!! :p
I didn't really offer much explanation for those links I posted yesterday, obviously one of them is applicable to me and the other is not right now, but the one about wives staying at home, even when they don't have kids yet, reminded me of a thread on a message board that Mom was reading.
The ladies on this message board were talking about how they can't understand this big deal about young ladies staying at home and learning to keep a house, because it can't possibly take that long to learn how to cook a meal and take care of a baby. Some of the other ladies finally ended up saying that, no, just learning to do that stuff doesn't take that long, but if you have time to learn to do all of that nicely and in an organized fashion, you'll be able to be a good housekeeper without feeling stressed about it, and you'll be able to other things as well, outside of the absolutely practical and necessary stuff. There was more to it than that I think, but the article I linked to yesterday made the same point. I think a lot of it boils down to what you get used to as well. If you've been out working until you have kids and then you're suddenly "stuck" at home with a house and a crying baby to take care of, unless you hated your job, you're probably not going to immediately like being home so much better. Anyway...I just found that article interesting, even though it's not applicable to me right now.
So...I'd better go figure out what to do next. It was nice to have a chance to just read some, or rather, it wasn't so much reading, but I had a big pile of magazines that I flipped through, and I read/looked through four organizing books from the library (and didn't get much out of them) so I can put the magazines in the recycling and send the books back to the library. And really, that's a good thing, because both of those things were taking up space in my room.
Oh, and so that you can hear what my midland accent sounds like (and also because I'm quite pleased to have figured out how to do this)...an mp3! I figured out how to record onto my iPod, change the file from WAV to MP3, upload it to a googlepages site, and link to it through an mp3 player. The only thing I can't figure out is how to link to it directly, because when I do that instead of playing in a browser window, the only option it gives you is to download the file and play it with Quicktime (or iTunes, I suppose)...like this. Oh well, the mp3 player works alright.
If you've ever heard your own voice recorded, you've probably had the same experience of realizing that you sound totally different than you sound to yourself. Because that sounds so different from how I think I sound! :p
By the way, I'm not sure how loud that really is, and I probably could have adjusted that while I was changing it to mp3, but I wasn't sure if it needed it or not. I have headphones plugged into my computer, so everything sounds loud enough that way. It's probably not loud enough if you don't have speakers on your computer though. Edit: I fixed it, so it should be loud enough for everybody now...I just had to figure out some of the controls in Audacity.
My cousins are coming tomorrow! What fun! I sure hope my back is completely better by tomorrow (or sooner!).