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Friday Fun! (Tiffany, Wii, and Websites at Work, Oh My!)

Even though this week was spring break from grad school, I still had to work full time and of course managed to be super-busy outside of work as well.

My friend Tiffany from my days of interning with Americorps/the National Park Service has been in town for training for her job.  She lives in Virginia, so this was pretty darn exciting.  This was her last week in Boston, so she came over to my apartment so we could visit in relative quiet as opposed to the noise of a restaurant or pub.  It was so lovely to get to catch up after all this time, and I was glad to discover that in a relatively short time we were chit-chatting just like we did when we lived and worked together at the park.

This week I discovered that having the tax return money to buy a Wii and tv is one thing, finding places that have them in stock is another entirely.  I won’t even go into the debacle that was the store brand tv purchased at Best Buy (needless to say, it was returned), but I will say what the hell, Nintendo?  You have an insanely popular gaming system, and you’re not meeting demand?  That just doesn’t make sense to me.  After much searching, genius finally struck me in the form of Walmart.com, which had a few consoles in stock.  Huzzah!  It arrived on Wednesday, and I’m enjoying it just as much as I thought I would.  My tv arrived from Walmart.com yesterday, but I have yet to set it up.  Fingers crossed that we’ll be able to make Netflix stream on it!

Work has also been very busy as this is the time of year when I update our website.  Long story short, with hospital privacy concerns, one person has control of all of the websites connected to the hospital, which means we get to update our websites once a year and that we have zero to very very little control over the appearance.  This is frustrating to me as it limits what I can do.  (For instance, I’ve been having to use tables. TABLES).  Since we can only update once a year, that also means a bunch of our links are broken by the time that comes around, so I spend a lot of time hunting down the good ones.  Thankfully, this will soon be in the past as the hospital is organizing an intranet, which means I will get to be webmaster of our websites! (And the nurses’ websites, which I’m actually a bit nervous about).  So as soon as I finish this update to tide our patrons over until the intranet, I’ll commence working on the intranet.  You guys, I’m nervous, this will be the first time I’ll be using my real web programming skills for work. Eep.  *crosses fingers*

I’m excited for the weekend!  Be expecting more reviews of old and obscure books as the Audiobooks app is a good companion to web design.  Happy weekends!

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  1. March 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Yay for the Wii! I bought one for Christmas and am sure the season was the only reason I was able to find a console as they are nowhere to be found now, crazy marketing! I hear your pain on the web stuff – I have to use a VERY limited WYSIWYG editor that won’t let me use any code and it’s terribly frustrating not being able to make things look better. I recently had to use an icky table myself! At least I can update more regularly than you, so I’ll keep in mind that it could be much worse!

    • March 15, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, apparently the beginning of the year is one of the more difficult times to find gaming consoles. I had no idea. Ah, yes, WSYIWYG editors are so annoying. They make such messy code.

  2. March 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

    My Wii came from Amazon. It was really in demand when I bought it in 2007, so much so that I signed up for a website with email alerts when Amazon had it in stock and I happened to be lucky enough to be sitting at my computer when one came through. I’m surprised it’s still so in demand, but I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to play it! I can’t remember if you had any games in mind, but I recommend Super Mario Galaxy as it’s so much fun.

    • March 15, 2010 at 9:44 am

      Amazon was my first stop, but they were out of them except for third party sellers who were way, WAY overpricing them. Crazy, huh? According to the indie game store people, it’s not so much that the Wii is in crazy demand, but more that Nintendo is “taking a break” after the Christmas rush, so there’s not many new ones coming out right now. We got it all set up this weekend, and I bought the Zelda game that came out for the Wii. (I am totally blanking on the name of it). It’s a lot of fun!

  3. March 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I don’t understand anything about web programming skills but I’m sure you will do great! My cousins have a Nintendo Wii I love playing Mario Karts on it but don’t really fancy one myself. I had friends round for dinner Friday night, so for a laugh unboxed and dusted down my Nintendo 64! For a Mario Karts tournament, girls vs boys 🙂

    • March 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

      Thanks, Jessica. I’m nervous, but it’s a great opportunity. I also have an old Nintendo 64. One of the great things about the Wii is you can play the old N64 games on it without all the cartridge hassle. It’s pretty awesome.

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