In case you didn’t already know, Dominica turns 27 today. We didn’t do anything special for her birthday. We are going out to Frankfort tomorrow to see her family and she has already gotten her birthday present from me (her semi-new HP Pavilion ze4600us Laptop.) She is still getting a memory expansion and a new outboard USB Creative Sound Blaster sound card since the built in sound on her laptop doesn’t work. The outboard unit will give her much better sound quality and handy volume knobs though, so it many ways it is nicer. But not nearly as handy.
Dominica got stuck working on her birthday which really sucks. It doesn’t make any difference to me whether or not I work on my birthday. I don’t even remember when it is my birthday. But Dominica’s birthday is like a National holiday and she really likes to have it off. But with Mary out sick, they really need to shuffle people around a lot and it helps if Min is able to cover things. It was handy that she worked yesterday and got some overtime in too.
Andy and I spent the afternoon working on Waste Watcher 2 and reinstalling my laptop. My laptop has been running on its original Windows XP install for over a year now, maybe a lot over a year, and it is pretty much to the point of not working at all. So I completely reinstalled it to get it back into tip top shape. Boy does reinstalling really make a difference. It is hard to believe how much of a difference it can make until you actually do it to a machine that has been used heavily for a long time.
Dad came over around 5:00 and the three of us went over to the Omega for some dinner. That is my sixth time this week, just as I had predicted one week ago when I realized that I was going to be in town all week. While we were there, we picked up a copy of the menu to take over to Min at the hotel so that they can have a current menu over there for the guests to look at since Min sends about twenty people a week to the Omega.
Dominica got home around 11:00 and we watched some Are You Being Served? until we were tired enough to go to bed. It is tough when you need to do something first thing in the morning when you have been conditioned to going to bed really late because you aren’t tired at all when you need to be.
(Note: July 12, 2006 – Dominica’s birthday is on August 21 not on August 20. This strange dating issue occurred because the dailies are generally posted one day late and if it said Happy Birthday on her actual birthday then it would look like I forgot her birthday.)