My hair is now a splendid coppery red, instead of its usual dull dark brown.
Thanks to the help of many lovely people, I'm now burning CDs successfully. James has the one I did last week of selected Dunstable pieces, and I'm just tidy-editing pieces for the Scottish sixteenth-century Masses disc. That should be even better, because Myriad released a new version of Virtual Singer last week, along with the (long awaited) update of the Gold soundbase. I haven't installed the new soundbase yet (it must have arrived in the second postal delivery this morning) but I've listened to the previews (prelistens?) at the website and they've made lots of improvements. Alas, there aren't any new organ voices; I'm hoping they've improved the old ones, because they did need a bit of work. I can't work out how Myriad manage to stay in business: their software is so good and so cheap (with free updates forever!) that they can hardly make much profit on it. I'm in a way glad to be able to pay them €30 for the new soundbase because I know they'll have some money coming in. I know it's inconsistent of me, but while I don't have much, if any, problem with people ripping off big companies like Microsoft and their like, I really object to people doing it to goodhearted little businesses like Myriad.
Speaking of the Scottish Masses, the volume has gone missing from the library :( At least it's actually honestly gone missing (that is, someone's stolen it or something like that) because it's catalogued as On Shelf and yet there's no sign of it. Unlike the Dunstable volume, which the library decided wasn't popular enough (even though I'd had it out and had kept it constantly renewed for months) and so they sold it probably for pennies at a disused books sale *cries*. Well, at least they made amends by ordering a new copy of the Dunstable for me *cradles it lovingly*; maybe they'll get another copy of the Scottish Masses volume if it doesn't turn up. The problem is that these are Musica Britannica volumes, and they cost £80 or so a shot; it's not like replacing a £5.99 paperback.
I bought a cheap colour printer at the weekend from a market stall in town. An Epson Stylus Color 400, for £6 secondhand. It needed a new black ink cartridge, but everything else was there. The woman who sold it said that her son didn't need it any more because all he ever did with his computer was play games. It's not like I need to do much colour printing, but for some things (route maps for journeys) it's really handy.
Mum goes into hospital on Sunday to have her second hip operation. I'm really hoping that she'll get more of her mobility back after she's recovered from the operation; I worry that she just stays at home all the time vegetating, and I'm just too far away from home to be any use to her, so it all falls onto Dad and my sister.
My nephew is 11. It hardly seems any time since he was born...
Jus's workplace is having one of those awkward "everyone's booked time off / is having a baby / is sick" weeks, so I've offered to go in for a bit and help out. I may not know much about Sage and other packages like that, but if I'm shown what to do I can at least follow instructions reliably. It's all very non-official, so if I can't actually manage it I shan't be in any trouble and they'll be no worse off than they were before, but I'd like to do the week. If nothing else, it helps me assess how much better I'm getting, and whether I'm approaching a state where I may be able to start doing some 'real' work again. Wish me luck, eh?
Anyway, that's about all the news I can think of.