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Of Asthma, Aussies, and Asus

or "Why Anna has been AWOL."

I've spent the last week plus battling and then recovering from another major sinus episode, complete with oral steriods, an inhaler, and lots of antibiotics. The good news is that there may be a reason I've had several really bad (dare I say epic) sinus infections: the doctor I saw at the prompt care clinic last Friday suggested that I may have asthma.

Asthma is not outside the realm of possibility and given what I've learned about it in the last week, the diagnosis would make a lot of sense. I have an appointment with my regular physician in a week (sooner if they can get me in) and an inhaler for the meantime. Cross your fingers for me! I'm hoping its asthma; the inhaler I have right now helps massively but makes me very jittery.

I'm trying to get caught up on homework as quickly as I can. My first half semester class is almost over, and I'll have a week or so between classes to get caught up on my full semester class assignments. Hopefully after that's taken care of I can maintain a steady pace and work on tack!

I shipped out the Show for the Cure donation today, and next on the list is another go at the Aussie Stock Saddle. I put the knee blocks on the apoxie tree and made a barcoo bridle before I got sick. The tree is now thoroughly cured. I'm hoping to don a mask (yay asthma!) and finish some last minute shaping and then launch into construction. Fingers crossed the leather tree pattern won't need too much adjustment.

That covers asthma and Aussies...the Asus is my new laptop! I've had my eye on this model since I started scoping them out at the beginning of the year. It's a 15.6" machine with an 8gb memory, 750gb hard drive, i7 processor, and a touch screen! It's running Windows 8 and honestly, while the touch screen is helpful, it hasn't been necessary. Win8 is different and 'quirky' but certainly not the doomsday scenario I thought it would be.

This laptop is a massive leap above my almost 5yo desktop. I can finally run Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign at their full potential!

So there's a quick update. Hopefully I'll have something better to show in a week or so - like a finished saddle!

Something Constructive

I actually did something constructive before work this morning! I took photos of the corrected S4tC donation saddle and all six saddle pads that go with it. The only problem is that my computer is doing strange things...it has a history of oddness, actually, but only recently has it started refusing to recognize my camera SD card. I haven't had time to see if it's just the one card, just my computer, or what.

That issue is prompting me to take charge of my computer again. Despite being the sole user and administrator (or so I thought...) Vista won't let me do certain things. Like remove a piece-of-junk program that I don't want. So today I've got some homework out and I'm backing up files to prep for a deep clean of this monster. Actually...the back up is looking a little stuck too. What fun!

I miss the bright, clean newness of factory settings. I'm almost tempted to restore this PC, but I'm not sure that's a great idea. For one thing, I don't have the disk for Photoshop! Can't lose that, and with a huge car expense/new car looming over my head, can't afford a new version, either.

Just so that this post isn't totally worthless, here's some studio updates. This is just the stuff on my desk right this minute. I know there are a few people on the waiting list and so forth but I keep those files on a flash drive that is currently not connected to the computer, so I can't check or name names.

In Progress
  • Natalie's WeeJay set: saddle mostly built
  • Shauna's WeeJay set: saddle mostly built, bridle started
  • Mindy saddle seat set: bridle done, saddle started (will be a sales piece)