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Monday delights:

     Can't call it a happy ending yet, but at least it's a happy middle. Saturday afternoon was a real downer when I discovered I could no longer make pdfs from Word docs on my pc at home. (Because a certain lovely someone wants to start reading book 4 soon, and I want up-to-date versions for my chapter pdfs.) After years of trying to jealously guard Adobe Acrobat Elements 6.0 that I'd bought for that exact purpose, either an Adobe or a Windows update sometime after April crippled the software. Now is NOT the time to be buying software when I need my money for Christmas gifts, so I was glad to have a temporary 'fix'--Microsoft Office 2007 has an add-on that allows just that, and fortunately Word 2007 on my pc at work has that add-on. So I can convert Word docs to pdf over lunch breaks until sometime next year when I can afford me some pdf-making software. Whew! (Obligatory note to little brother who might read this: yes, I am aware of free conversion options out on the internet, I'm just paranoid about uploading my writing there. Would rather own something and do it myself. =)

     I was treated to an amazing sunset on the walk home from the bus stop this afternoon. It was hilarious--I was enjoying the color to the east, the funny-shaped undersides of bands of clouds with a magenta tinge, got off the bus ogling it, started walking--and only then looked AHEAD to see more vivid and dramatic color in the west. Heh. It was an amazing show along all directions of the horizon, the only 'plain' bit was the blue sky overhead with the vivid slash of a single airplane contrail. Fortunately, there was still some color left by the time I got home and grabbed my camera, though my shot hardly does justice to the whole. (As you can see, my location is not conducive to good sunset-watching, particularly in the summer with leaves in the way!)

     This is getting windy enough already, but I'm delighted to have gotten my CafePress order in the mail today. Lots of 'Butterfly' note cards, and my 'Million Words' picture to enjoy as a single-page 2010 calendar at work next year. A trifle dark, which I need to try to remember for future orders, but t'DoL's feathers and the other hues were pretty accurate, yay!
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On December 1st, 2009 07:54 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
That sounds like an awful lot of trouble. Keen as I am to read book 4, I can certainly wait if you need me to.

Your photo of the sunset is gorgeous, so I can only imagine what it must have looked like at the height of it all!

I like the idea of your calendar. It sounds like a fantastic way to enjoy such a gorgeous picture the whole year round.
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On December 1st, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
No problem! I'll just do 10 chapters a day and be done before week's end. I'm rather glad I found out now instead of whenever I try making pdf's in 'Delarun.' =)

That sunset really was fantastic!

It will be my third year of having a calendar like that, though the first year with my own art. I laugh at myself because I always look there first, even though I have a monthly calendar hanging near my left elbow!
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On December 1st, 2009 09:28 am (UTC), shanra commented:
What about free downloadable program options like this? Those out too? (Disclaimer: I haven't used the program, just looked for it. I'm sure there's more out there too.)

Huzzah on beautiful sunsets!
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On December 1st, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Thanks for that link! Using a 'free demo' of somebody's shareware or equivalent was plan 'B' for me, if work didn't work out, but I'll definitely have to check that place out more thoroughly, since it looks like they have good options on the free one, unlike some other places...
I've been getting spoiled with a lot of nice sunsets lately! Can't have too many! ;)
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On December 1st, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC), shanra replied:
Awwwwwwwwwwww... *points to the side* Cute!

Remember, I have zero experience with it, but if there's one there's bound to be more if that one doesn't suit. ^-^ Just thought I'd throw the possibility out there.
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On December 1st, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Thanks! =) I'm liking how it looks here at work on my lower resolution.

It will certainly be something to follow up on checking out, when I have time to think after Christmas...
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On December 14th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC), thegripe replied:
free pdf conversion
Sorry, a little behind. I have used and recommend either of the following free programs for converting Word documents to pdf:

Cute PDF: http://www.cutepdf.com/

PDF 995: http://www.pdf995.com/

Give one a try and let me know if it does the trick for you!
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On December 18th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Re: free pdf conversion
Thanks for those links! They look like good options.
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On June 8th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Re: free pdf conversion
Just wanted to let you know that I downloaded PDF 995 last night, and once I figured out why they were coming out backwards page-wise, I was good to go. Thanks again for the recommendation!
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On June 8th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC), thegripe replied:
Re: free pdf conversion
Super! If the ads annoy you, try Cute PDF. It works well too.