Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
|Lucian and Keagan with Allison Sheridan. Does she look charmed or what?|
|Wayde and David enjoying c&c: company & cheesecake!|
|David took this photo of me, Karell, and Allison with my camera.|
All of our forks are in perfect alignment. How did you do that!??
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
This past month, a few of my friends and relatives have given birth to baby girls. You know who you are: Congratulations!! (now stop reading my blog and get back to resting!) A few more are waiting to find out if they'll be registering for pink things. It's all very exciting. It's also reminding me of something very important.
I'm thinking about pink lately, not only for my own good, but for their little futures that are just beginning. You see, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this, I'm making my personal blog pink and posting some links that will hopefully bring about awareness for this horrific disease that affects too many people we know, love and care about.
I'm also posting this photo of my rack
because it rocks and I hope it's a reminder to you and your loved ones to do your self-breast exams each month! Have you checked today?
Stop reading and do it now. Go ahead. I'll wait.
These knockers have now fed two handsome little boys over the past 4 years and counting. I'm pretty proud of that. I worked very hard at it and I deserve to be proud. Breasts are amazing body parts and they should be respected, protected and revered. Breasts are fabulous and functional! Don't let breast cancer jeopardize them — not mine, yours, hers or his! (Men can get breast cancer too. So you dudes need to stop gawking enough to pay attention to your own health!)
It would be devastating if I ever lost these to breast cancer, so I'm constantly checking and trying to be self-aware. I have a few family members who have had different types of cancer so my risk is a bit elevated.
Do you know if you're at risk?
I urge you to visit the National Breast Cancer site and register for an Early Detection Plan. I did it. It's fast and easy. It's also a good way to set up some reminders to do your exams.
Click to Donate
I'm serious. All it takes is a click, or two or seven. Tell your friends.
Donate & Get Involved @ Komen.org
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
While I don't always like to blow my own horn, perhaps you wouldn't mind pressing this play button to hear an interview where I was the featured guest! It was an honor and a privilege to be interviewed by Chuck Joiner for MacVoices.
I know I tend to ramble but it's just so stimulating when I get to talk shop with another adult! I mean, Lucian is starting to understand more and more, but Keagan just drools when I explain why it's so important to run backups and repair permissions. Ok, so that's not a stretch compared to some other adults in my life, but it was extremely refreshing talking to Chuck Joiner. He's been podcasting since the dawn of this new media and it shows in his smooth interviewing skills. Chuck is very easy to talk to and made me feel right at home. Well, I mean, I was at home in my pajamas at the time — I think you know what I mean.
In the future, I look forward to being summoned for jury duty! The MacJury is a fun panel to be on where we will weigh in on a topic about current events in the industry surrounding Apple and related technologies. Tune in to that show and catch me on a future episode!
If you haven't done so already, check out Chuck's family of shows which includes: MacVoices, MacNotables, The MacJury, and MacVoicesTV. You can subscribe for free in iTunes. It's a great way to get to know people in the Mac community, make friends and learn something new. Whether you're a newcomer or an old pro, there is a show for you.
I did some name-dropping during the interview. I'd like to list some links for reference. If there is someone I missed, please drop me a comment and I'll edit this post.
Allison Sheridan - Nosillacast
Pat Fauquet - MacMousecalls
Mike Rose - TUAW
John F Braun - The Mac Observer
and of course, my other project:
Moms Gone Geek
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wrong Date or Time Stamps on Photos & Videos & How To Archive Them
You just never know when the OS is going to bork your time/date stamp. It happens periodically and sometimes the time stamp does not transfer properly when burning files onto a disk or transferring to an external hard drive. Sometimes some of the data has become corrupted but is still perfectly useable. You can view the photo or video just fine, but the metadata – or time stamp – is wrong — REALLY wrong, like Y2K wonky! Sometimes it's the operating system, sometimes devices are not properly configured by the user, for example, in the case of a digital camera.
When I archive the videos, I copy them twice. Once onto an external drive partition separate from my Time Machine backup partition. I repeat this process on another drive partitioned the same way located off site. Once I label them green, that means they've been archived twice on two separate drives and it's safe to remove them from my local hard drive on my laptop if I choose to do so to save space.
You might not think this is a big deal, but when you're swapping digital files between family members, it helps when your camera's are synched up. Imagine five years from now, you're trying to view a collection of photos and videos of a family member's birth — or wedding and reception. You're scrolling through a beautiful slideshow but it gets confusing because the photos are out of order! The first couple of photos are in order — there's the baby getting weighed, there's the baby in grandma's arms, there's the baby — wait....why are these photos next ??— that's from the baby shower? Huh? The next few photos jump back to the hospital and then another few are from a different time. This is particularly annoying when looking through wedding photos that are out of order.
This is why I take it upon myself to manually name my movie files using date format soon after the event because you never know if the data will reflect the true time stamp. I also try my best to name, tag, and comment on photos in iPhoto as much as I can and back up my iPhoto library on a regular basis. It's a practice I'd encourage you to try. It's best to try and manage the data right away rather than discovering problems with it years down the road when you no longer remember what happened and when. Maybe you won't even care, but maybe, just maybe, you or someone else will.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I think Twitter has spoiled me.
I think Twitter has conditioned me.
I think Twitter and Facebook have programmed me to post in shorter bursts and I like it.
It's like burning your bra.
Sometimes, I cheat on Twitter with Facebook. They say size doesn't matter, but sometimes I just need a few more characters.
What the hell is Twitter? It's still a best-kept secret to many. When people ask, I change the subject and wish my answer could be, "If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand." Reason being, I still believe in "ask three before asking me" in that; if you really want to know about something — go check it out for crying out loud! If you sincerely tried it, you might better understand it.
A lot of things in life are like this when you think about it. We always condemn what we don't understand. I try NOT to do that. I'm not always successful, but I do try. I wish more people would.
I think this might be why Facebook is easier to use than a "traditional" (if there is such a thing by now) blog. I just wish there were less pillow fights, farms, and fishbowls. I suppose it's all relative. People complain that there is no substitution for talking with people face to face, in the flesh. I maintain that time wasted on Farmville would be better spent planing a REAL garden. I don't see how "time wasted" socializing with people all over the world using social networking tools like Skype is wasted at all. I only see what there is to gain. I suppose if you're shooting up heroin, smoking and drinking yourself to death while doing it, then it's a waste. Perhaps you can sell your farm before you OD? I don't know.
I miss "traditional blogging," but many times it feels like no one cares, has time, been there, done that.
I don't like feeling like I've reinvented the wheels I'm spinning.
I do like original thought, but so many of my thoughts right now are fleeting.
My best blog posts, the ones that would get the most traffic, happen while I'm in the shower, on the toilette, driving, nursing, changing diapers, feeding the baby, waiting for the school bus, during sex, while listening to podcasts, while reading other blogs....
while listening to podcasts?!!!!
err, I mean....no, not during sex. I was just kidding.
I don't have sex, silly.
Well, ok, if I DO start having more sex, it will mean that my husband has read this.
If my husband reads this and I DON'T have more sex, well, then, I guess I'll have twenty more minutes to myself to blog more often.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Don't judge me, yo.
Spay and neuter your pets.
Just another gizmo to tinker around with. Someday it will have a good home in a classroom. Keagan currently enjoys opening and closing the lid. I swear this thing encouraged him to really start crawling!
Thanks to my Fairy Geekmother, Pat :)
Friday, August 20, 2010
L: "Mommy, do you have a penis?"
Me: "No, I don't have a penis."
L: "What!? You mean you just have a butt?!!"
And then, the Kindergarten Cop movie script presented itself.
Ahhh the new challenges of parenting a preschooler: where anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of preschool.
I can just hear it now in the morning potty routine: "I pee with my penis but my mommy has a Volvo."
Babies come from hospitals, right?
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Friday, July 16, 2010
Date: 25th June, 2010
If you use an iPhone or iPod touch, then this same link will take you directly to your photo in the iPhone version of our guide. On a desktop computer, you can still see exactly how your photo is displayed and credited in the iPhone version of our guide at:Reid Park Zoo
http://www.schmap.com/?m=iphone#uid=tucson&sid=sights_zoos&p=81397&i=81397_20Thanks so much for letting us include your photo - please enjoy the guide!Best regards,Fiona S. Hughes
Editor, Schmap Guides
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
You are the little boy of my dreams. I'm so blessed and lucky to be your Mommy. My life is so much better and I'm a happier, stronger, and more patient person since you were born. When I found out you were growing inside me, it was a dream come true. It wasn't easy getting you here. Feeding you and caring for you was a tough challenge, but I learned a lot from you even though you are a small child. Your Daddy and I love you so much, we made another little boy to share with you. You are the one that made us a family. I thank God each day for you, my special gift. Happy 4th Birthday!
Mommy, Daddy & Keagan
May all your wishes come true!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
We make some goofy kids.
Above is Keagan's "Make my day, Punk!" photo.
This is Lucian's "Who farted?!" photo.
See the resemblance?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Caught by my iPhone - Keagan's first real laugh. One of the absolute best sounds in the world! Too bad I have to make a silly noise to provoke him, but he really likes the noise I make for some weird reason!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thanks to our handy-dandy laser flash light (married to a science teacher, remember?) I (Daddy helped) went super sleuthing all over the house pretending I was Catherine Willows because she's the ex- stripper on CSI Las Vegas processing a house in a crime scene. I even used the blacklight setting. I EVEN DUG THROUGH OUR TRASH CANS!!Ewww! Why? Because my darling, sweet little Lucian told me he put his glasses in the trash "because they were dirty." Yes. The child has a warped sense of humor. (Thanks, Mom. Hope you're happy now.) This is the very reason kids are cute: so they live into their teenage years. I've been told that next, they start to smell and then I'm not sure what Darwin says is the reason they make it into adulthood. What's still an unsolved mystery is: Why do we bother with actual toys? Why!??
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