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I think I should include some background information because in that context what I did kind of sort of makes sense.

For a while, I've had a weird text input bug on Firefox, and an entirely different weird text input bug on Chrome. I suspect that it may be a problem related to insufficient memory, but I can't say for sure.

So, I thought, "If I'm going to be using my netbook as my main computer, I really need to do something about that text input bug, because it's really annoying."

So I decided to upgrade my version of Ubuntu.

My last upgrade went so smoothly that I didn't stop to think, "Do I have a bootable USB drive I can use if something goes wrong?" -- and though things had gone wrong before, I'd always had a backup computer to rely on.

At some point during the installation (I was asleep) something went wrong. I couldn't get it to boot up again, and I couldn't get it to boot up again in recovery mode.

I decided to do laundry.

I put 45 minutes of time on the dryer and went away. I came back and realized that my clothes weren't actually dry.

I tried another dryer, which also turned out not to be producing any heat.

I tried a third dryer, which finally started drying my clothes.

I went to a reception for a young writers contest at BPL. I dropped my plate on the floor while talking to a big-name writer.

I went to my sister's house. She put on home improvement shows while I worked on making a bootable USB drive.

Eventually everything turned out okay.

I think.

(I'm not sure whether I've managed to fix the problem with the wireless firmware. Right now I'm fairly tired and don't really care.)

I wonder whether I still have that text input bug.
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I finished a whole book in Spanish! And it had two hundred whole pages in it! I, uh, skimmed over the pages where it talked about the cooking a little (my dictionary wasn't too strong on food words; and then I dropped it in the bath).

(I shall note that I had been studying Japanese for four years before I finished a novel in that, but it would have been sooner if Norwegian Wood hadn't reminded me so much of my own life that I was too depressed to finish it. That's high school for you.)

So I need to find something new... I tried Isabel Allende's YA series, but the mother was dying of cancer, and I'm sick of YA books where the mother's dying of cancer. And the library doesn't have her new book about Zorro yet.

I can't get my driver's license after all. I'd need to pay $500 a year for non-owner's insurance even if I never drive. It's the stupid, stupid law.
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Sunday morning, scrubbing the kitchen floor with Goo Goo Dolls blaring-- I remember this. This is good.

I'm feeling better than I have in a long time.

I don't know why it feels so distant, I don't know whether it'll be gone tomorrow, but it feels like the "you must change your life" I needed.
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