Aerden (aerden) wrote,

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Connecting the Dots

Work: This morning, I learned Grade One Braille. After I learned the alphabet, I proceeded to invent the Avrietan alphabet based on Braille, using lines instead of dots. It comes out looking neat, sort of like Egyptian hieroglyphics, particularly the letter N. I invented a symbol for the word 'the' and came up with symbols for several other letter combinations for the Avrietan alphabet, which I thought was really neat and a lot of fun to do. It will look gorgeous, done with a calligraphy pen, and I can't wait to go out and buy one.

After lunch, I took out the Braille slate and stylus that are in my desk and started writing in Braille the 'One Ring' poem from Fellowship of the Ring.

I love this; it's like learning to read, all over again. A Perkins brailler would be a lot faster, but the slate and stylus is quite handy, because I can do it at my desk and it doesn't make a lot of noise, the way a brailler would. So neat!

*wants to write more in Avrietan*

I'm weirded out by the ease with which I find ways to play at work. On Monday, I plan to start learning Grade Two Braille and the rest of the punctuation marks.

The day after Beltane, I have my first business trip into Austin, to visit the Adaptive Technology Unit. Mark is going to drive me there, and if I had a little more money in the bank, I'd have suggested that we make a romantic long weekend of it. Instead, it'll just have to be a romantic night in Austin. Ah well. (g)

Our taxes are in, and once again we must bow down and sing the praises of the great od Turbo-Tax! (g) I love that program. It makes things so much simpler.

I heard the Texas state legislature just approved something like a 4% pay raise. I don't know if it's across-the-board or just for particular groups of employees. I would certainly never pass up a pay increase, though I almost feel that I'm being overpaid, already.

And, regarding Mark's job search--He has found two places looking for Cobol programmers which don't require experience in a lot of the newer programs he hasn't been able to get work experience in. It's frustrating, because he has learned a lot of this newer stuff, but they won't look at him if he has no work experience in it. I'm very relieved that he has a chance at something, finally. It would be nice to be a two-income household again. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Dinner: Mark and I went to a nice Mexican place called Jalapeno's, where I had boneless chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and spinach. It was so good!

TV Meme (Nabbed from havocthecat's journal:

So you're cleaning all the pollen off your TV screen and a genie pops out. In return for freeing her, she offers to grant you 5 changes to any TV show(s) you wish. With only 5 wishes, what do you wish for?

Wish #1: I wish Firefly were still in production and getting the splendid ratings it deserved. I realize this would mean that we wouldn't be having the movie, but it would also mean we'd get more Firefly. The dialogue and stories on that show were some of the best I've ever seen.

Wish #2: I wish that, in Highlander: The Raven, they had left Amanda's hair longish and dark, rather than in that ultra-short, horridly blonde, spiked hairdo. Whatever production executive thought that made her look sexy needed to have his head examined.

Wish #3: I wish that they had never replaced the original director (or whoever it was) on Andromeda. The scripts from the first season were intelligently written, clearly done with a lot of thought behind the various cultures and philosophies. After he was booted out, the show was never up to that original high quality.

I think that's all for now. Good night!

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