When Mrs. Dr. Phil finished up her sabbatical, she loaded up a box with some of the things she needed to take back to her office. Huh -- that makes sense. So I thought for a bit about what I had at the office at WMU that I didn't have duplicated in one form or another at home. And what I brought was a black nylon portfolio with accordion file dividers. Useful for separating handouts and HW assignments, and now for carrying printouts and other items in a case with a nice handle. So I put on my IRoSF mesh cap from their Cafe Press page, and can head downstairs with my office glasses (reading and computer bifocals -- not multifocals -- to keep straight lines straight on the computer screen) and my Swiss Army Memory flash drives with the latest files.
The idea is to try to spend a couple of hours downstairs in the Kitty Room writing. It's not that I won't or don't write at other times, but a quiet place away from the TV is a nice change of pace. Well, that and I wouldn't want the kitties to go through major withdrawal after having Mrs. Dr. Phil spending a good chunk of every day with them.
Downstairs I'm using an old Sony laptop -- the SR33 is old enough that it runs Windows 98Me on a 600MHz Celeron processor with 192MB of memory. But here's the thing: I don't need it to work the Web anymore and it is more than enough machine to run Word 95. The screen is only an 800×600, but one of the reasons I like many of the Sony laptops is that the screen is spectacular. And the keyboard is pleasant enough to type on.
Bought it refurbished from uBid back in 2002. I'd been using it with an IBM Travel Mouse and a no-name Taiwanese numeric keypad with mini-USB hub. But the keypad's USB cable has gotten flaky and the mouse still uses a ball. So it's gotten a new Kensington numeric keypad and mini-USB hub, plus a Microsoft Compact Optical Mouse 500, matching what I'm using on the newer Sony laptop right now. Don't have to worry about stray cat fur or grains of litter clogging up the mouse ball now. (grin) Also bought a very nice ergonomic bead filled wrist rest at Staples the other week.
We're typing in style and comfort downstairs now...
It looks like I'll be teaching a class this Fall after all. PHYS-1060 Introduction to Stars and Galaxies, the same Astronomy class I taught last Fall. This is not a big crisis for my "sabbatical". I'm not sure it'd be very cost effective to teach one class four or five days a week, what with my commuting costs, but one class twice a week, when I was planning on going to WMU once a week on my own dime anyway, will work out nicely.
Not as many words in the file as I'd like this week, but a lot of design had to be done to make the expansion from novella to novel. And I'm over the 50,000 word barrier, while I still have some handwritten pages to enter. All in all, this is still doable for mid-August.
PS- you might notice that after years of sloth or inattentiveness, I am starting to add LJ tags to current entries and slowly go back through the older ones. Or maybe you won't notice. (double-grin)