I learned a new word today - insouciant - it means showing a casual lack of concern, indifferent. I read it here http://now.msn.com/penelope-soto-florida-teen-jailed-for-giving-judge-the-finger. Lesson learned - a person's insouciant behavior in court can lead to a higher fine and thirty days in jail. Apparently this chic never got the memo that hair-tossing and giggling, followed by finger flipping is frowned upon in our judicial system. Sadly she probably still doesn't get it and will eventually end up back before a judge in no time.
We've had a lot of rain and cloudy days this winter. I think that's probably why I'm not feeling very funny, it's hard to find humor in dreary weather. It's also hard to find motivation to do much when all I really want to do is hunker down in a blanket and zone out in front of the TV. Usually I have a list a mile long of things I want to do and find it hard to pinpoint what to tackle first but right now I'm sporting an insouciant attitude towards making that list, much less acting on it.
See how I used my new word there? Clever, huh?
Every once in awhile I do have a day where I get a burst of energy and manage to accomplish some small feat. Wednesday was that day. It probably came about because the sun actually made an appearance and it proved to be a mild day. I decided to take advantage of the good weather and took the cat outside for some play time. Spunky's been feeling a lot like me lately - sorta blah - and I thought the time outside would cheer her up. She had a grand time roaming around the backyard. She was inspecting every little thing as if she'd never seen it before. I guess it's been too long since her last romp.
I decided that I should follow her around and video her escapades .... cause you know, everyone loves to see videos of kitties.
I actually caught her in the act of climbing up to the treehouse, something we've wondered how she managed to do. As you can see, it was no easy task but she finally made it up there. After a few minutes of investigating her surroundings she got this gleam in her eye. I recognized the gleam as I've seen it many times before. The cat is about to spazz out. She tears down the board and races lickity-split across the yard to the back porch. This feline is freaking fast. When she's in this mode, I swear she is part jaguar. Or, maybe it's cheetah. Whatever. She is breaking the sound barrier as she goes from spot A to spot B.
Because I knew what was about to happen I was able to capture it on on video ('cause I just knew all of you would want to see it). Except, I didn't. Because my stupid phone didn't have enough space in it record. Sob. I missed the whole darn thing.
Well, dagnabbit, we can't have that happen again now can we? One never knows when an award winning video opportunity might present itself so obviously something needed to be done. The logical thing would be to clear up space by deleting photos off my phone. I didn't have the time or energy to go through them one by one and pick what needed to be saved and what could be deleted so I decided my course of action would be to remove all of them from my phone and deposit them onto my laptop where I could later decide which were keepers and which were goners. However, knowing me and my current state of non-motivation I wasn't so sure just when I would get around to that purging process.
I also wasn't too keen about not having any photos readily available on my phone for impromptu postings to Facebook and Instagram, and then there's always my Project 365. I needed to be able to access the photos from my phone and my laptop. Long story short (aren't you glad?) I decided to try out Dropbox which would enable me to do just that. All I had to do was download the app to my phone and my computer, set up an account and start the download (or is it upload, never can keep those two processes straight). Sounds easy, right? Well it is. But, it's also very time consuming. As in it took me ten, yes TEN hours to download 1100 photographs. By the time it completed I could have manually gone through the pictures myself and made the decision to keep or delete each one ... about three times over!
Ai-yi-yi I'm sure there must have been a simpler solution to my problem but if there is I don't want to know about it. What's done is done and now I have a whopping 1.8GB of available space on my phone. What the heck? That's not much more than it was before. Obviously the problem wasn't so much the photos as the apps I have on my phone? I really do need to read up on my phone and figure out what I'm doing here. Meanwhile, I'll just carry on with my insouciant self and make a list of things I want to accomplish over the next couple of weeks ... if I ever get up the energy and motivation.
these babies are going white
these babies are screaming for me to put my craft hat back on
but a small stack of hundreds of books that need to be gone through and re-homed
a garage that needs to be purged
this baby that needs lots of love and attention. (And perhaps a little brother or sister??) She appears to have a pretty insouciant attitude regarding the whole situation. But what do you expect? She is, after all, a CAT. She'd probably show the judge the finger too ... if she had fingers!