Hello, did you miss me? It feels like forever since I last wrote. Where do I start? I've written a thousand blogs in my head but now they've all vanished. (Typical.)
OK, let's start with the computer. I took it to a local tech place, where they found a damaged sector and nothing else. There were no viruses, no bugs, no identifiable cause for Windows going SNAFU. I got it back last weekend - they did a complete rebuild and reinstalled Vista together with all the drivers. £69 very well spent. There is only one remaining problem: my bluetooth mouse won't work. I haven't tested yet whether the problem is the mouse or the computer. If the latter, then it's a physical problem and not the driver - I've managed to test the driver. Any suggestions?
In other news, I have new glasses - my first pair of verifocals*. Collected them this afternoon. They look pretty similar to my existing glasses, so no great change there. First impressions of verifocals: the reading "corner" by the nose is fine, easy to adjust to; it's the change of focus out by the arms that is weird. I wasn't expecting that. It's like looking into a mirror in a hall-of-mirrors and using the reflection to see with. It only happens if I turn my eyes instead of my head to look at something at a range of 3 feet or so away. Monday night's rehearsal is going to be a big test - can I read my music and watch the conductor without feeling sea-sick?
* This feels like a further step in the transformation into my mother. Not only do I look like her and suffer her infertility problems, I've developed her eyes too. Short sight and long sight in the same eyeball. < sigh >