1. All the McDonald's employees greet you by name when you show up to use the free WiFi for hours on end.
2. You have great fun discovering the built-in webcam and use it to take freeze-frame shots of yourself, fighting the urge to giggle with glee in public.
3. You do this two days in a row and photoshop one of the pictures to look vaguely like a watercolor painting.
4. You post it to Facebook.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Without going into excruciating detail, let me just say that I have survived my very first foray into dismantling computer viruses and malware.
Seems odd that it never happened on the home computer; after all, I've roamed around plenty of dark ugly cyberspace corners on dial-up too in the past 15 years, and have downloaded plenty of things.
Anyway, after much trial and trouble, I seem to be malware/adware/virus free once again.
I feel like I just had a shower.
(*sniff*) Smell that? The soap is grapefruit-scented.
from Janna at 4:55 PM
Friday, October 17, 2014
No matter how loud you have the headphones turned up with "Relaxing Piano Music" pouring through them, it can not even come close to drowning out the sound of a spoiled rotten toddler having a piercingly loud tantrum at the table next to you.
Goodness stinking sakes, parents.
What is wrong with you?
from Janna at 6:42 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I have a new front door!
Since I live in an area that deals with a lot of high winds, there was a day (a few years ago) when the wind whipped the screen door right out of my hand and threw it back so far that it broke. It would still shut, but I had to pull it shut carefully.
Then, this past winter there was so much snow that the door broke further when I tried pushing it open.
Enough is enough, I finally decided.
This week I got a brand new door.
So, on those infrequent occasions when I actually leave the utopia of McDonald's Free WiFi and return to my own home, I have the momentary joy of using a door that actually works and shuts properly.
Speaking of McDonald's, today they gave me a sandwich where the bun had two bottom-halves (heels) instead of a whole bun with a top and a bottom. Weird. I briefly mentioned it, and they sort of slightly apologized, but whatever. I guess shoddy meal construction is a small price to pay for Free WiFi and eternal drink refills..
If there's a 12-step program for addiction to WiFi, I have no interest in it whatsoever.
from Janna at 2:55 PM
Friday, October 10, 2014
Still alive and breathing in the wonderful vapors of WiFi.
Since I usually use the WiFi at McDonald's, the vapors smell sort of like french fries and coffee.
For lunch I had a cheap chicken sandwich and a blueberry muffin.
Now all I have to do is refill this medium drink 3,419 times.
So far with the Monopoly pieces I've gotten a breakfast sandwich, a McFlurry, and a small fries.
It's still amazing to me that it's possible to watch videos without waiting an hour or more.
On dial-up, anything involving a playlist was inaccessible.
Videos on the BBC news were inaccessible.
Some webpages took 20 minutes or more to load.
Now, it's so simple it's like a breath of fresh air.
Or french-fry breath.
Either is fine.
from Janna at 2:22 PM
Friday, October 3, 2014
I am thrilled beyond belief to report that I finally have my laptop!
I'm here at McDonald's right now, basking/marinating in the free WiFi.
This is the very first time I have ever had anything faster than dial-up.
I noticed that in the post where I spoke of getting a laptop, nonamedufus said "Welcome to the 21st century, Janna."
Hi. I'm glad to be here.
Still, I thought there would be more flying cars and robot servants.
Soon I'll have to get up and refill my drink BY MYSELF.
On the bright side, though, I'm able to watch an R.E.M. video without waiting two hours.
from Janna at 12:57 PM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but there is a good chance that by this time next week, I will own my very first laptop.
Yay for computer-genius uncles who know how to offer help when it comes to things like this.
Assuming it works, and assuming I can figure out how to use free WiFi at McDonald's, this will be the very first time I've ever had anything faster than dial-up.
Imagine, being able to watch videos without having to wait an hour (or more).
Lately I haven't been able to watch videos on dial-up at ALL; despite updating all my stuff, YouTube still keeps giving me error messages on every video. Hopefully the laptop with WiFi will be a rainbow of glimmering light in my life, opening the doors to all sorts of videos involving cats and R.E.M. and bored college students experimenting with Mentos.
(Do they have videos involving all three at once?)
I hope it works out; I need some cheering up.
I'll keep you posted.
Maybe one of these days, in a week or so, I can post something from McDonald's.
If not, I can just post a long slow scream on dial-up.
(Slow dial-up screams probably come through sounding like whale sounds.)
from Janna at 11:23 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I just wrote this to someone in an e-mail, after which I realized it would also make an appropriate blog post to let you all know how I'm doing:
If stress was an all-night buffet, I would have passed out in the
corner long ago.
People would come poke me to see if I was still alive, and I'd mutter
incoherent things about free crab cakes and chocolate tortes.
Meanwhile, a scorpion-thing would be crawling out of my ear, like that
one in the old Star Trek movie.
I imagine stress probably tastes like really strong lemonade where
someone forgot to add the sugar.
As for the actual real-life update, I can sum it up thusly:
My health issues continue to get worse, my mobility is worse than it's been in a long time, and I am still fighting to get on disability. If my lawyer can actually help this work out, I promise not to make any more lawyer jokes for a long, long time.
from Janna at 9:39 PM
Saturday, July 12, 2014
I guess the message here is "If you drop out of school, you will be attacked by a giant man-eating Tweety octopus with only six tentacles".
Technically I guess that makes him a hexapus.
(Feel free to make up your own jokes about hexa-puddy-tats.)
So, um, yeah...
Stay in school, I guess.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Today I tried blue raspberry Twinkies.
No, really. Apparently they're a thing.
It's some X-Men promotional idea. They come in blue raspberry and strawberry.
Since I've loved the deliciously fake sweetness that is "blue raspberry" ever since childhood, I decided my life would not be complete without trying this.
They are very, very blue inside.
If you're squeamish about massive amounts of blue food coloring entering your system, just close your eyes first. Although, you still have to get the little package open, which means you'll see something similar to this:
It's not as bad as it looks.
As long as you go into it realizing that you are about to consume something with almost no nutritional value whatsoever, something which could probably sit on the shelf until 2095 and still be relatively okay, you'll be fine.
Since I loved sweet blue raspberry stuff as a child, I actually thought these were ok.
Bonus (maybe): One of the ingredients is "Beef Fat".
And, with all the blue food coloring, just so you know, I'm still waiting to find out about the end results. (You're welcome).
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
If you've been with me for very long, you know a few things about me.
1. I love hot sauce, and there is no such thing as too hot.
2. As a french horn player, I have had many unsavory thoughts about John Philip Sousa, who obviously had many unsavory thoughts about french horn players, judging from the kind of brain-dead parts he always wrote for us.
3. I am an R.E.M. fan, in much the same way that lungs enjoy oxygen. I even have a Tumblr blog which features nothing but R.E.M.-related things. You've heard me post all that squishy geeky love for Mike Mills, right? Sure you have.
So imagine my curiosity when I was doing my daily websurfing and happened to discover that Mike Mills is one of the many human beings who currently Twitters. I decided to click the "follow" button. It occurs to me that 20 years ago, if you made arrangements to keep close tabs on someone's personal updates, you might be labeled a stalker or at least a mentally-unbalanced individual. Now, in the techno-joy of the modern age, we can all sit in our bathrobes drinking diet coke while keeping tabs on as many celebrities as we like-- and it's simply called "Being Connected To Social Media".
Yay for progress, I guess.
Anyway, it also occurred to me that after I clicked that "follow" button, Mike probably got a notification that he'd received a new follower.
Assuming he has a ton of time on his hands and the inclination to click on the link to my own twitter page, he'd see a link to this blog, the Jannaverse. And if he has even further time and inclination, he might be reading this very post, and might even have clicked on that link to my Tumblr blog.
I know, I know. It probably won't happen, in much the same way that you "probably" won't get hit by lightning in your lifetime.
Still, yay for social media.
P.S. Mike, if a miracle has happened, and you actually are reading this, I swear I'm 92% harmless. It's ok. Unless you write french horn parts the same way John Philip Sousa did.
Monday, May 5, 2014
This morning my cat Honeynut passed away.
She was 19 years old, which I guess is a long time for a cat.
Still, I miss her, and I am very sad.
After 19 years, there is a cat-shaped hole in my heart.
You can see some pictures of her in my posts here and here and here.
Rest in peace, Honeynut.
from Janna at 10:32 PM