Fragmented Friday

October 19, 2012

My two bits

I’ve been awake since 5am this morning. I wish I could say I saw a beautiful sunrise, but the skies are quite gray and gloomy today. Ah, such is autumn in Upstate New York…


I haven’t had to turn on the heater full-time yet. We don’t even have the living room rigged up for heat yet. :S I dismantled the thing to build a gas fireplace insert box and mantel, and haven’t finished it yet. But the weather hasn’t been too cold and the house is wonderfully warmer after I insulated the downstairs! What a difference. Someday, I’ll insulate the upstairs and we won’t have icicles forming overnight!

I have a few precious moments before I dive-bomb into my work for the day. I have to oversee the kids’ assignments and then get to work pounding out articles. I was recently approved for a travel website ( and the articles are fun to write, but they take a long time to complete and the pay isn’t quite up to snuff yet.

I read in my tech news that there was a virus/trojan app circulating the Android app store. Ouch. The trojan was lurking in the app “Updates” by Good Byte Labs and was poised to steal text messages, SD card information, and videos. Texts, photos, and videos?! Sounds like a teenage boy hacker was looking for dirty details…

My daughter and I strolled through the local bookstore the other day. What was supposed to be a quick look around turned into an hour-long, sit-on-the-floor, drool session. We plunked ourselves in front of the tiny History section and poured through about 100 books. I was disappointed to see so little of the store devoted to educational books and history. There was a TON of trash fiction junk, New Age and baby books. The same is true for my local libraries. Don’t people read nonfiction anymore? I’m surprised it seems so scarce.


Anyway, I purchased a few books! I got the Atlas of World History. I also got Inside the Victorian Home by Judith Flanders. I once had a similar book published in 1875, but it burned in a house fire decades ago. And Reader’s Digest/Family Handyman has a newer edition of The Complete Fix-It Yourself Guide, so I got that. I have once from 1991 and it’s amazing how home technology has developed in a mere score of years.

I was tempted to also get The History of the Medieval World by Susan Wise Bauer but it is expensive so I am saving it for another time. I also saw The Mammoth Book of Antarctic Journeys, edited by Jon E. Lewis, but instead of purchasing the book I bought it for the Kindle iPad. It’s a very good book and perfect for reading in bed. So YAY I got some new books to add to my new bookshelf!

Well, time for me to get to work. Have a good weekend.


3 Responses to “Fragmented Friday”

  1. Karen and Gerard Says:

    We like non-fiction and fiction.

  2. blueyes Says:

    All them androids and iphones, for that matter, are good for the viruses/trojans. Still don’t have that issue on my blackberry :whistle:

    I also still have the a/c running down here. Although this morning was a little cooler than the other day so i have the backdoor open for the dogs so I’m not the doorman at this moment.

    • Rebecca Says:

      An iPhone virus?! I haven’t heard of any such thing. Apple is pretty tight with their apps store. They must approve all apps before they go public, unlike the Google store where anyone can develop and post an app.