Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spooky at Kabuki

I found it hard to get in the mood for Halloween this year and was unsure whether to pass out candy or melt into the darkness of the holiday. So John and I made our way to Town Square in Las Vegas for dinner and little did we know we'd find ourselves surrounded by swarms of goblins, robins, and fairies! Crowds of families and trick-or-treaters lined the streets along the shops, filled with glee. While they waited patiently for candy, we treated ourselves to sushi at Kabuki Restaurant.

Miso soup warmed our tummy and endamame stirred our appetites. Then came the Lotus on Fire sushi roll...
...and the Kabuki Sushi Roll was just perfect for the evening while we watched all the kids in costumes walk by the glass window.
Finally it was time to pry ourselves away, towards home where it was our turn to pass out the treats--we didn't want to let down our neighborhood trick-or-treaters. John put out the decorations and I got the cats dressed in their Halloween costumes. It was good to have so many visitors stop by this year because this tells me, the Halloween spirit is still very much alive. Happy Halloween ... or as Elgy and Havi would say, Havi Hell-of-a-Halloween!!
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Teeny Weeny Polka-Dot Toenail-ees

My attempt to get in the Halloween spirit. The all black nail polish was too hideous of a match for my toes so I added polka-dots and flowers.
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How to use your cell phone as a modem

Did you know you can use your cell phone as a modem for your laptop to access the Internet anywhere you have a cellular signal? If you are like me, you carry your notebook almost everywhere with you and it would be convenient to be able to connect to the Internet wherever you are--using your phone and the Bluetooth connection between your phone and laptop. I use this handy feature to tap into the data plan I have for my Blackberry and thought I'd share with you. 

Before I continue, the instructions below assume the following prerequisites have been met:
  • you have a RIM Blackberry Curve 8900 or Blackberry Curve 8520 with a data plan (my wireless service provider is T-Mobile and an unlimited data plan is probably best unless you don't surf much or would rather risk paying over-usage charges)
  • an established connection to your laptop via Bluetooth (for which the instructions below are applicable) or USB (although using a cable might limit your mobility). 
  • Windows XP with administrative rights
Now, shall we get started?

Setting up the modem
1. Click the Start menu, select Control Panel, then double click Bluetooth Devices. Select your handset from the list, then click Properties. Click the Services tab and ensure that Dial-up networking (DUN) is checked (if not, check the box). Click OK until you are back at the Control Panel.
2. From the Control Panel window, double click Phone and Modem Options. Click the Modems tab. Click to select Standard Modem over Bluethooth link (COM5), then click Properties. Click the Advanced tab. Type at+cgdcont=1,"IP","wap.voicestream.com" in the Extra initialization commands field. Click OK until you are back at the Control Panel.


Setting up the connection
3. In the Control Panel window, double click Network Connections. Under Network Tasks, click Create a new connection. When the New Connection Wizard window appears, click Next
  • Click to select Connect to the Internet, then click Next
  • Click to select Set up my connection manually, then click Next
  • Click to select Connect using a dial-up modem, then click Next
  • Click to select Standard Modem over Bluetooth link (ensure no other modems are checked) then click Next
  • In the ISP Name field, type T-Mobile Data, then click Next
  • In the Phone number field, type *99#, then click Next. Leave the Username and Password fields blank. I unchecked the available options including Make this the default Internet connection, click Next, then Finish
  • If you plan to use this connection often, you can check Add a shortcut to this connection to my desktop.


Making your connection
There are several ways to establish connection to T-Mobile Data.
  1. Use the shortcut on your desktop by double clicking on the icon, then click Dial.
  2. From the Network Connections window, right click on the T-Mobile Data icon under Dial-up, and select Connect from the popup submenu.
  3. Click Start, Connect to, T-Mobile Data, then Dial.
(Hint: To hide the Username and Password fields, click Properties, Options tab, and uncheck Prompt for name and password, certificate, etc. Other settings are available on the tabs found in this area.)
That's it! Now you can connect and browse the Internet on your laptop using T-Mobile Data on-the-go.



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Friday, October 30, 2009

Crochet a Turkey

If I didn't have too much on my plate right now, I'd love to crochet this turkey.

Then again, this is wishful thinking because I can barely knit and finish a scarf, LOL!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Problem

Just wondering how you handle those times where you have someone piping about "problems" and meanwhile, are oblivious to the notion that perhaps they might be part of the problem. Then, instead of being part of the solution, they harp on you to "do something". I feel like saying, I am but what are you doing (to help resolve the issue)?! or I'm trying to do but I can't do it without your cooperation. How can I fix a problem I have no control over? Argh...frustrating.

Then I give in and tell myself, I'm doing what I can and will be better off -- at least in a better position than they. Accurate or not, it's the only sense of satisfaction I can find right now.

I hope after their problem doesn't get fixed, whether they harp at me or someone else, they might look at themselves and think, maybe the problem is me and then, how redirect my venting energy to help...but that's probably hoping too much, LOL.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bass

I have a question for you. How would you pronounce the word, "bass"?

Would you pronounce it bas ... like the fish?

I was corrected today after I uttered the word several times ... and had a good laugh after looking at the course description: MUSA 101 - Bass I and MUSA 101 - Bass II.

But hey--look! If I had kept going to MUSA 103 - Bassoon I and MUSA 104 - Bassoon II, I would have been closer. ;-)

Well I don't feel too bad because how many times do you think the word, "sake", as in for the sake of all students has been mispronounced in a Japanese restaurant?

Change and Changing

I had an experience that this quote is appropriate for...
"If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself."
--Norman Vincent Peale
...and for me, rings true. I'm focused on the words "become different yourself". In other words, if I have no control to change the things around me, sometimes change has to happen within myself. Whether that be my internal dialogue (perspective, thinking) or externalities (physical environment).

And then I found this quote...
"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."
--James Gordon
...and I agree. I'm trying not to dwell on the words "others are not". I have to remember that even though I am open to change, others may not be and accept that that is who they are.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Helmet Hair

Daly Costanza

Havi Hell of a Halloween

Cat in Halloween CostumeWhen I walked in to the kitchen with Elgy to surprise John, he nearly choked on his food from stifling his laughter. Misery loves company and I figured I wasn't going to be the only one miserable from this flu.
Cats in Halloween Costume
I still haven't decided on a costume for this Halloween but it looks like the girls are ready with their costume.
Cats in Halloween CostumeWhat are you going to be for Halloween this year? (I have to admit ... Havi looks happier in her Cowboy Cat costume than the Devil Diva, don't you agree?)

Cats in Halloween Costume

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Dreaming

When she sleeps, does she dream in colors ... or black and white?