Friday, August 17, 2012

It takes nearly three years for us to make that much.

Photo of receipt is from the article I was reading on the Rich Ki*ds of Ins*tagram.  I'm quite okay that Hubs and I have to take 2 2/3 years to make that much money, but for kids to spend that in one fell swoop-- eeek. 

I know, I know.  We could lecture them about people starving and about how this much money could probably feed all of Ethiopia for a week, but I'm thinking that they are really not caring. 

Still, the bill was staggering.  To think, I was complaining about the electric and water bills having gone up a total of $90.00 a month ago.  I can't imagine the parents face when they see this come on the credit card bill.  I know that they gave them the card, but I'm thinking that this amount might raise a red flag.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I have successfully transferred the photo contents of both the computer and the camera to the external hard drive.  The photos involved number over 13,000.

Perhaps that is one reason the computer has been running a hair slow.

I did a full back-up of the computer and the way she was sputtering and putzing this morning, I seriously thought that she was going down.  It pulled back around.

This box-- we have her a step away from advanced life support. 

I was able to clear the 1194 photos from my camera.  She's sighing a bit of relief, too.  You see, I was so afraid that the computer would crash and eat the photos that I haven't ditched photos from my camera in a year. 

Y'all, I take a lot of photos. 

Grant you, I have transferred photos.  I just haven't ditched them. 

I feel cleansed.  Well, in a photographic sense.  Now that I got that out, y'all can continue on with your evening.  I'm sure knowing that the last four years of my child's life in pictures being backed up on an external device has made your evening complete.  :S

Smiles in my day:
-  Baby Our Story has been born!  :)!!!  I'll let Janeen give you the low-down.  I know that she belted it out on Fac*ebo*ok, but I'll let her spill it on the blog.
-  Hubs and K- helped me to haul 6 cases of paper and 9 boxes of books into school today.  I couldn't have done it without them.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tales from the Trenches: I have tools and I know how to use them.

I'm on the display staff at an art gallery.  My job isn't just taking a pile of miscellaneous art and twirling it around into a sellable arrangement of goods.  Sometimes I have to use tools.

Yes, tools.

Sometimes they involve power.

Today, while I was cruising around with my library cart filled with all sorts of hardware, I picked up my drill to use it.  An older lady asks me, "Is that your drill?"


"Do you use it?"

"I'm part of the display staff here, so yes I do."

"Bless your heart."

Okay.  :tip of the head:

Over the years, I've had a number of men stand and watch me.  They feel the need to critique my form with tools.

"You need to hold the hammer here."

"Oh, you have a drill.  Huh."

"You know, I think that you are stripping the head of that screw."

Thank you.  I really wanted the peanut gallery.  Occasionally, I have poor form.  Sometimes I hold the hammer a little closer to the head to have a bit better control when displaying, oh-- I don't know, expensive and breakable items.  Gentle handies, that is. 

I just giggled when she said that to me.  I'm thinking that the gentleman at her house does all of the repairs.  Well, that's at least the ones requiring tools.  What would she think if I told her that I have my own set of tools at home?

Smiles in my day:
-  Our cousin, Janeen, is being induced and we will have a new baby soon!  She left me a 5 AM email asking for prayer.
-  I woke K- up by playing the Meow Mix commercial really loud.  She laughed and laughed.  I told her that I need it as a recording to use every morning.  It is her favorite jingle. 
-  K- woke me up at about 5 AM laughing and laughing in her sleep.  I left her to laugh.  I figured that she was having an awesome dream and far be it from me to interrupt that.
-  I rolled my ankle in a hole in the backyard a few days ago.  I couldn't figure out why my ankle was hurting, but then I remembered being so relieved that the foot didn't break again.  I have a strip of tape wrapped around my ankle and that has tamed the angry tendon.  I got out a lot easier than Rachael with the bolts and screws.  :S

Have a great night!

Monday, August 13, 2012


A crisp breeze is blowing through my window.  I mean, I suppose crisp would be different temperatures at different times of the year.  It's 67 degrees and though that sounds warm and it is, it is a lot cooler than the previous 102 that we saw just about a month ago. 

I texted Rachael a photo of our thermometer on Friday when it was 62 and she said that it was just not kind to brag like that.  It seems that Rachael is longing for the coolness of fall.

It has been delightful to have the windows open, to feel the breeze and to sleep better than I have in months.  I'm not a white noise girl, so the hum of the air conditioner just doesn't work too well for me.  To hear the evening critters and to feel the breezes makes me sleep like a rock. 

My eyelids are getting heavy.  My cozy blankets are calling.  Pardon me while I step away to listen to what they are telling me.