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So, to cheer myself up I decided to arrange to get my typewriter ribbon replaced. At first I couldn't find anyone to do it, and looking for instructions on how to ink it myself I found this query: a request, on a PC users' bulletin board, for help replacing typewriter ribbons. Bless. (In the end I found a guy in Subiaco who'll do it. He seems likely to be an Interesting Old Man).

My search for a new laptop has been a trifle overwhelming: too much choice! And I'm not very good at differentiating between different laptops: since I don't need it to be good for gaming or especially spiffy, I suspect that my deciding criteria will end up being "whatever I can find that doesn't come with Windows". I am considering getting a netbook-ish thing, but I'm not sure if they'll manage. I've heard good things about the MSI Wind, but can I really:
a) type for several hours in a row,
b) open four or five documents + firefox + music, and
c) see properly on the screen,
on a netbook? I am undecided!

I also stumbled across the Asus Bamboo EcoBook, which is not at all what I'm looking for, but interesting nonetheless. Given my recent fretting about e-waste, terrible conditions for tech workers, etc etc, it was nice to see a laptop that has at least some ethical credentials - Treehugger liked that: "All of the plastic in it is labeled and recyclable; it is lined with cardboard; there are no paints, sprays or even electroplating used on its components. It looks like it is designed to be easily taken apart for self-service and easy upgrading of components, usually the downfall of notebooks."
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* I have an accordion! My father got it for me, with the help of my uncle and grandmother, and I love it very much. I want to take it everywhere with me, but although it is small, for an accordion, it is quite large for a bicycle. I practised with it on Sunday, and I sounded terrible, but I kept going anyway. Maybe I will mostly practise when others are not around.
* I got a job! It is a little job, and I will be waiting to get Official Forms before I rub my hands in glee, but it looks like it will cover my bills for the first half of next year, and will involve writing 'opinion pieces' (read as: rants) for 'the youth' on a website.
* Today I went to the gym. I am, as yet, undecided on whether this will be a long-term thing.
* I have been writing an awful lot on my thesis! And reading a book for this masterclass I am doing. And reading some other books that I feel I should read for my thesis. It feels like I am Getting Things Done.
* My last Greek class for the semester was on yesterday. We drank ouzo, and I was very, very tired from all the Getting Things Done. Next year I will probably prepare for my first certificate, which I guess will involve quite some work, since it's at the end of the year.
* I upgraded my XO's operating system, and it is all shiny, and I just want to play with it always, but I've had hardly any time to. I also upgraded Ubuntu on my grown-up laptop (after some help from Jamie): it promptly had a complete hissy fit, but luckily it was all stuff I managed to sort out in a few hours. I was a bit horrified that KVocTrain, my language-learning software, disappeared, but it turns out it's been replaced with Parley. I was initially a bit grumbly, but it turns out Parley is actually very good, and has some useful features that were missing from the KVocTrain.
* I have some lovely people in my life, who spoil me very much. I have been having nice chats to K (who always manages to perk me up when I'm down, although I cannot return the favour, unfortunately). My father and his partner got back from South Africa, and I enjoyed hanging around with them on Saturday. Also my grandparents came around, and I swelled up full of love all over again. I am excited about them coming to uni for lunch! I will show them the ducks, and my shelves full of books. I have been seeing a lot of N and J, and having fun times and restful times both. J cooked dinner last night, and picked me up after Greek, and it was lovely to eat good food and not do the dishes and just breathe out.
* My garden makes me happy. I potter in it ineffectual, and turn the compost, and wonder what to do to make my plants healthy and strong. There are many tomatoes growing (and I still do not quite believe that they are real, and one day I will snack on them), and little snow peas, and the corn and the sunflowers out the front are doing interesting and baffling things.

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