I feel better. And got more done on LD. Up to Chapter 6. Fewer corrections this go-around, but I'm still finding typos I missed and the occasional inconsistency. I suddenly discovered I'd reversed the order of two of Daniel's books and that could prove to be confusing when being read. So I straightened them out and cleaned up Tad's grammar a bit more.
I also cleaned up my computer and started transferring my links from Firefox to Safari. Firefox has behaved weirdly ever since I tried to upgrade to 4, only to discover the OS on my Mac Mini won't support it. I may need to get a new desktop in a few months. My Mini's 4 years old and is being overwhelmed by all the crap that comes with the sites I visit -- like commercials that start without my asking them to and ads that get all gif-y and require more attention to process. Graphics have also become more intense.
Thing is, all my programs are old, too, so I'd need to upgrade them, as well -- Photoshop and Word, specifically, since those are the ones I use the most. Big cost on top of big cost. But all my writing files are in Word, and what I have right now is Office 2003. Hope I can wait till the end of the year, buy everything on Christmas sale and take the tax write-off for 2011. I'll need it.
My mother seems to be doing better. When I get to San Antonio, I'll see how things are. I'm torn between driving and flying, which are equally expensive. Plane fare would be about $400 round trip, as would gas for my car to make the 1600 miles, each way...not to mention motels and meals. So I may fly, after all, and borrow one of my sister's cars while I'm there.
Man, August is not going to be easy. I will have no income for 6 weeks. The office is shutting down all of August through Labor Day, and when I do get a payment for services, it'll be mid-September for one week's consulting. So I worked up how much I'll need between August and October and hopefully will be able to last through it all. I can live on very little...but not nothing.
Of course, by then the GOP may have destroyed the economy and I won't have a consulting job to come back to. Won't that be fun?