Monthly Archives: July 2010

Power Outage

I am writing this from my husband’s HP laptop, because, sadly, my 6-year-old G4 Powerbook has likely seen its last day.

On Wednesday night, the power connection wasn’t working properly – the power wasn’t reaching the computer and because the battery is the original and hasn’t held a charge in a long time, it died within a few minutes.

I took my computer to the Apple store on Thursday afternoon and they encountered the same problems, even when using their own power cord, which means it’s a problem with my computer.  When checking-in my computer, I discovered that not only is my computer old, it’s on the verge of becoming obsolete, according to Apple.  That means that they will soon no longer make the parts for my computer, making it virtually impossible for repairs in the future or at least, very expensive.  I guess it’s time to start looking at purchasing a new computer!

They kept my computer overnight for testing, but when I called back Friday evening, I learned that they were waiting for someone who is more familiar with the older model laptops to perform the testing and diagnose the problem.  I’m still waiting for a call to find out if it’s worth it to fix my old computer or if we’re going to need to purchase a new one.

It will be hard to say good-bye to such a trusty machine that I’ve been able to use for SIX years, especially since its replacement will be smaller (I just can’t convince the hubby to spend the extra $600 for the 15-inch…though I’m not really sure what the major difference is between the two, other than the size.  Is two inches really worth $600?  I guess not.).  But, I’m also excited at the prospect of having a computer that actually has the power to run multiple programs at once without giving me the “spinning color wheel” as it tries to process what I am doing, as well as a battery that is supposed to last up to 10 hours (I’m doubtful on this, but I’m sure I will be able to get at least 6 hours of it).  That means I will actually be able to use my laptop as a LAPTOP again without having to worry about having a power outlet nearby to plug into.

So, now it’s just a waiting game.  Hopefully I will hear back from Apple soon and we’ll be on our way to South Coast Plaza!  Stay tuned!

July 31

Oh Gawain…you can be such a sweet cat, but you can also be such a brat!  Do you think she was happy I was taking her picture here?  You decide.

July 30

It was so nice to have a day off with John.  I’m really beginning to like working Sunday to Thursday.  It’s going to be weird when I go back to my old schedule after VBS!

Today we went on a date day to the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.  On the walk from the back parking lot to the entrance, we crossed over this wash and I captured this image.  It looks pretty cool in black and white, too, but I actually like it better in color.

Fill in the Blank Friday 7.30.10

It’s Friday, which means time for Fill in the Blank, hosted by Lauren at the little things we do…

1.  The last thing I do before going to sleep is take my vitamin and allergy pill.

2.  When I can’t sleep I rub my legs/feet together. I guess it’s calming to me. It drives John nuts.

3.  The first thing I do when I wake up is take my temperature.

4.  When I’m tired I am very irritable and impatient.

5.  My dream bedroom would be big, with a King bed. I like dark woods, so we would have all our furniture dark – the bed, a low, wide dresser with a mirror above it, beside tables. Clean, modern lines. I’m picturing the walls a soft cream color – not too yellow though. Our sheets and soon-to-be-finished quilt are green and blue, so somehow incorporating those colors in other places around the room. I definitely want it to be a relaxing environment!

6.  If I could wake up anywhere tomorrow morning it would be as long as I’m next to my husband, pretty much anywhere would work for me!

7. The longest sleep I’ve ever had was last time I was sick. I think I slept for like 14 hours one night.

8.  I sleep on my side or back.

9.  When I sleep, I like to wear either a short/cami or t-shirt set or a knee-length nightgown. I do not like to have things on my legs.

10. My bedtime is usually around 11, but can vary from 10 to midnight.

July 29

So, in the midst of preparing for VBS, my dear six-year-old computer decided it didn’t want to work properly…of course.  Right now, it’s at the Apple Store for diagnostic testing and I am sans computer.  I feel so lost!  And so does the adapter part of my power cord and the computer cover!

Wee Bit Wednesday 7

I like this meme because it’s more about words than photos.  And while I love photographs, I would love for all of you out there (I’m hoping there are “you”s out there!) to get to know me a little more, so I’m joining up for Wee Bit Wednesdays, hosted over at My Leigh Ashley.

So, here goes nothing!

{one} if you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Hmmm…having to choose just one is difficult, but I guess I’ll choose divorce. I think so many people don’t take this commitment seriously anymore and I think kids are the biggest losers in a divorce.

{two} if you could go on vacation for the next month with an unlimited budget, where would you go?
Europe. I have always wanted to spend a month in Europe – especially Italy.

{three} cats or dogs?
Well, John and I have three cats, so probably cats, though I do want to get a dog when we buy a house.

{four} would you rather date a lot of people or be in a committed relationship?
This is an easy one! I’m happily married and have absolutely NO desire to go back to the single, dating life!

{five} would you rather own a luxury yacht or a private jet?
Yacht. While a jet can take you anywhere, a yacht can also take you a lot of places – and you have somewhere to stay while you’re there!

{six} what was the last book you read?
I think it was the newest one by Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol. John gave it to me as a Christmas gift and I think I read it in a day or two. I really need to read more.

{seven} would you rather be really hot or really cold?
I’ve always said that I would rather be cold than hot. You can always put more and more clothing/blankets on, but there’s only so much you can take off.

{eight} if you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Oh gosh. I’m not sure I would want to change it. I was daring and adventurous in fourth grade and “changed” my name to Kate. I thought it sounded older, more mature. I went back to Katie in high school. I actually like my name!

{nine} what did you dream about last night?
I don’t remember dreaming last night. I do often, but not last night.

{ten} if you had to throw away either your tv or your computer, which would you throw away?
TV. My computer has my whole life on it. If it were to break, I would be so lost!

July 28

My life at work revolves around preparing for Vacation Bible School (only 12 more days to go!).  Today I finished going through the volunteer nametags and pulling the ones who aren’t able to help and any name misspellings so I can get them ready for August 9.

July 27

Kristy may not like me very much for this, but I like this shot.  It’s at VBS volunteer training when she was teaching the movements to the songs.  She’s such a great teacher and full of energy!

In a Yellow House Photo Challenge: Urban

For the next few weeks, the In a Yellow House Photo Challenge is going to be hosted by Ashley over at Ramblings and Photos.

I was pretty excited by the theme of Urban, though once I started looking for a photo to use, I realized that I haven’t shot much architecture recently.  I will have to remedy that soon!

Here’s my urban photo – an urban “river” – taken a couple of months ago while I was sitting at an intersection on my way home from work (yes, I rolled down my window and shot this from my car).

I love how the light is reflected in the water and how it contrasts with the rest of the image!

RAW(e): 2(6)

This week’s RAW(e) photo challenge over at Sailor & Company is a little bit different – instead of a category or topic, you have to go into the second folder of your photos and select the sixth photo in that folder (hence the 2(6) ).

Well, I have to admit I didn’t follow the rules entirely.  The way that I organize my photos means I have several levels of folders before you actually get to a photo.  It’s actually not as complicated as it sounds and it’s really easy to find things…just go to the year, month and then the day – and sometimes if there are multiple topics in one day, there will be folders for each one.  I always know what’s in a folder without having to look at the images themselves.

So, how did I solve my little dilemma?  I chose the most recent image that was titled “0726” – since the date was the inspiration for the 2(6) assignment anyway!

This photo was taken back in the beginning of May, just after John and I had moved and loaded up the truck with donations for me to take to the school where I work for their annual rummage sale.