Did you get the memo?

April 25th, 2009

A boring public service announcement for my readers:

For some reason the letter we wrote to our friends and family regarding Milo’s homecoming is extremely interesting to people with names like “nihjliahgdfs” and “whithenninbht” and e-mail address like “theyinehggth @ g mail”.

I get anywhere from 20 – 30 comments a day on that post from spammers. And I think because all the e-mail addresses are g-mail accounts my comment-spam filter is saving them for me to moderate. Which means the legitemate commenters that my filter doesn’t recognize because they are new get lost in the muck of spam and often times get deleted by accident.

If you commented and it has not appeared, I’m sorry. I really am. I still like you…you can still be my friend, I promise.

And if any web-savy people know how I can fix this problem (without deleting the post or closing the comments) that would be great.

Commenters, Please Read

September 5th, 2008

If you have left a comment on my site in the last 2-3 days and it has not shown up I’m really sorry. Don’t worry, I’m not censoring anyone, apparently my computer is. I thought I accidentally deleted one comment but then when I double checked I noticed that about 6 comments had not appeared and they have disappeared to who-knows-where. So, if you felt your comment was important, please re-post it. Even if you felt your comment wasn’t that important, please re-post. And if it still doesn’t show up, well, then my computer and I are going to have a long chat about censorship and allowing people the right to voice their opinions.

Wish Lists and Amazon.com

July 17th, 2008

A couple days ago I decided I wanted to find a site that I could put all of my “wish list” items in one place. I wanted a site that would let me include anything and everything I found online. And I found one. Wishlist.com allows you to do just that. I signed up add a bunch of fun stuff and moved a bunch of my stuff from my amazon list to the new list. Then a couple hours later I logged back in to my amazon list and saw a huge banner that said “you can now make amazon.com your universal wishlist.” Seriously? How did I miss this? Is it new? I’m sure it’s not new. I’m never that ahead of the game.

Well, anyway, for those of you in gift-giving moods, I’ve added links to my blog with my wish lists. My amazon list contains only books, DVD’s & CD’s. The list on wishlist.com contains everything else. There are also lists for Lexi and the new baby. Same deal – the amazon list is a children’s book list and everything else is on their wishlists. Happy shopping.

New Blog, New Look

March 23rd, 2008

I’ve decided to switch from moveable type (good-bye 500 server error) to wordpress. Let me know if you stumble across broken links or anything else that needs some fixing.

I Need an iPod Docking Station

February 22nd, 2008

Help me out people. I know nothing about stereo equipment or speakers but I want to be able to play my iPod without using the headphones. Here’s the what I am looking for in a speaker system;

Good quality – I want to be able to play my music loud and not have it get all garbly & crackly. (Music I tend to play loud is stuff like Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, FIF, anything that you can jump around to). The only time it should sound crackly is if I am listening to Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.

A radio. It needs to play my iPod, but I want it to have a radio as well.

A remote would be nice, but not necessary. Same for a CD player – to play Lexi’s cd’s.

It needs to be able to play a 1st generation Nano & 3rd generation iPod.

It needs to be affordable. I don’t want to pay more than I paid for my iPod.

Okay, anybody have any suggestions for me…Josh?…Tim?…Steph?…Nicole?…Jaime?…Dave?
Help me out here people.

Ugly, Ugly, Very Ugly

February 6th, 2008

My blog is ugly. But unfortunately I ride the short bus when it comes to graphic design and computer techno-speak. Anybody with the skills want to volunteer their services?

Stupid Computer, Be More Useful

October 2nd, 2007

Our laptop died. I’m not quite sure what happened but I came home from work to find Kevin on the desktop talking to tech support and the laptop showing the Mac equivalent of the blue-screen-of-death. Basically, the hard drive crapped out on us. Don’t know why. Can’t fix it. And can’t get all of my stuff off the computer. (Side note: Do not yell at me for not backing up all of my stuff somewhere else. I know the importance of this. We have a separate hard drive that the desktop is backed up to on a regular basis. I thought the laptop was getting the same treatment. Apparently not. D’oh.) Kevin made an appointment with the guys at the Genius Bar and they had to be the ones to break the bad news to us.

And tonight I realized how much I use the laptop, especially since I rarely use Kevin’s computer.

Want to take a guess how long we will last before buying another laptop? Here’s a tip – guessing in hours instead of days will give you better odds.

End of Blogging Marathon

September 3rd, 2007

I just realized I posted about 4 new entries in one sitting. Mostly because the computer was being crabby this weekend so this is the first time I’ve been able to log on in a few days. But the list of random, rapid-fire posts is over now.

Thanks for playing.

Web 2.0

June 6th, 2007

For what seems like forever, Kevin has been telling me of the joy that is Web 2.0. He’ll tell me all about the cool stuff and what it can do and how it works and who it connects you with and….and….and….and….and….and I usually respond with “uh-huh. that’s cool. i guess.” Basically, I wasn’t interested. I don’t use Facebook, I can’t stand MySpace and the other stuff Kevin has described (but I can’t even remember what it is – that’s how not interested I was – sorry Kev.) didn’t really seem useful to me. Until now.

I am totally addicted to Geni.com.

Kevin has always been interested in family trees and family history – his grandparents have kept really good records – and has wanted to find a way to put it all together. Geni does that. It lets you create a family tree with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, stepkids, ex’s, in-laws, pretty much anyone you could ever be possibly related to in any way. It’s really easy to use and you can invite other people from your family to use it so they can add their side of the family as well.

We’ve only been on the site for a couple of days and I think we are over 300 family members although that does include in-laws and their families as well.

I can’t wait to get my hands on my grandma’s geneology book. That should add another 200-300 people.

Doctor Appointment

February 14th, 2007

Lexi had her one year check-up today. For those of you just dying to know she weighs 21 lbs 6 oz and is 30 inches long. Which means she’s in the 50% for weight and 75% for height. She had to get two shots which usually results in a 5 second silent scream and then all out screaming and sobbing. Tonight however she got the first shot and was a little startled but it didn’t bother her. By the second shot she realized what was going on – she cried, but the crying lasted until she was sitting up again. Not bad for getting stabbed twice in less than 30 seconds.

One entertaining thing about the visit, the clinic updated their system to make appointments more informative and to keep better track of patient information, etc. However, our doctor did not quite understand the system yet so she kept entering things wrong and had to go and get the staff member that was doing the training to come and talk her through it. If I was in a hurry or Lexi was crabby I would have been really frustrated waiting for her to figure the computer program out, but since Lexi loves to wander around in only her diaper and we weren’t in a hurry, it was mildy amusing watching a normally self-confident, competent doctor muddle her way through the new system. In the end we did get a neat print out of our visit (after 2 attempts at trying to print…).