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Insomniaville -- All the Stuff that Keeps Me Up At Night

The People and the Places.

(It's a bio. It's a glossary of terms. It's ... a stream of consciousness.)

random photo of me and BillI'm Nicole, a professional Web geek living outside of Washington DC. I share an apartment with my husband Bill and our three cats, Mindy, Rascal, and Cleo.

The pictures of me here and on the journal's index page are somewhat out of date. My hair's a lot shorter now. (A newer picture and the Saga of the Short Haircut can be found here.) I don't use my webcam nearly as much as I used to, so I don't yet have lots of nifty little same-sized pictures to take the place of the older ones on the front page. But I don't look all that different. You've got the general idea.

I was born in New York City in 1968, moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1975, and would still love to ask my parents what the hell they were thinking when they agreed to that transfer.

I'm currently working on my company's website. I got the job in mid-2000 solely on the strength of all the stuff I'd taught myself about HTML and Photoshop over the last few years using my trusty "...For Dummies" books; I had neither formal experience nor training.

I still think it's pretty cool that I taught myself how to do something well enough to make a living at it, if I do say so.

I have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. I was officially diagnosed in September of 2000, but by my own reckoning I've had MS since about November of 1999. I keep a separate page about it here, with links to the journal entries I wrote as I was going through Diagnosis Hell. I'm on an injection therapy that seems to be keeping the MS at bay.

Mindy and the MacSome Random Crap About this Journal: It began in July of 1999 and had three different titles in its first year: it's also been called "Nicole's Deep Thoughts" and "My Idea of Fun." When everyone who linked to it called it plain old "Insomniaville," I took the hint. (Besides, that name is purely my own invention. It tickled me that that's the one that caught on with other people.)

I started off making this journal with a PC, but bought myself an iMac in August of 2000 and haven't looked back. I use Pepper or Dreamweaver to write entries and Fetch to send them live. I also run the Made with Macintosh burb, although I really need to get better about keeping it updated.

I read tons of journals every day but gave up trying to keep a links list -- I just couldn't keep track of who I needed to add, who'd ended their journal, and who'd moved.

Anything else you need to know about me will come up in this journal before very long. Enjoy.

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