Monday, October 27, 2014

Something I Haven't Done for Awhile...

Used to be that I'd share a picture now and then when I did a photo shoot. While my shoots are few and far between these days, I do have some to show you!

But first up...how do y'all store your photos? I've discovered my picture taking has WAY slacked off since my laptop ran out of memory. And, I'm not a fan of my external hard drive because it just DUMPS the pictures in there and, for example, leaves me with 5+ photos with the same title (DSC_0043 or something like that). Can I move them into folders? Will it take me 87 years? Is there some online storage solution that I can pull my photos back from (not Shutterfly, for example)?

I've tried uploading to Google, but it never works. (What am I doing wrong?) Help!!

Anyway, here's a few of my faves from my most recent shoots...





Happy Monday!

Monday, October 13, 2014

In Love.

We had Dr. J and her awesome family over this weekend, and as we were getting ready for them, I decided to decorate my mantle for fall.

Dubya hauled up my Rubbermaid tote full of fall decor for me and we began to set things out, feeling content and happy as I sprinkled my house with hues of orange, red, and yellow.

Prior to our remodel project, our fireplace was something I tolerated. Put up with. The Mr. and I had spoken, now and then, about refacing it with stone or some other kind of brick but it was my dad that spoke these wise words, "Just wait until you're done with your project...you might change your mind about it.".

Never. I NEVER thought I'd change my mind about our fireplace being something other than an object that I just put up with. I never thought that I could actually APPRECIATE our fireplace...but then? Something magical happened.

As things came together with the remodel project, I began to realize that our fireplace was starting to shine. I was kind of as if we "unearthed" it and instead of it being this big, behemoth of a structure that always seemed to be in the way and never appealed to me, suddenly I saw it in a whole new light! The colors we chose for the walls and the warmth of the wood floors have made our fireplace come to life!


One thing I have always loved about my fireplace was being able to decorate the mantle for various holidays and seasons. So, when we finished decorating the mantle and I stood back, my breath caught for a moment as I saw, with fresh eyes, the majesty and beauty of our fireplace, set in its new surroundings and, once again, I fell in love with our home.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

They're BAAAAAAAACK!

Perfect timing for a spooky story, since it IS October and all, right?

Imagine this: you lose your way to contact loved ones, then right before your very eyes every appointment and party and get together vanishes into thin air.

DUH DUH DUH DUHNNNNNNN.

It happened to me Sunday morning. I slept peacefully through the night only to wake up and discover that all of my contacts had gone missing from my phone during the night. I thought maybe they all ran off together on some grand adventure, but I discovered them, hanging out together, right there in the cloud. So WHY weren't they on my phone?

Of course, I wanted a quick fix. A button to push. Something fast and easy. But everything I tried was unsuccessful. They remained, stubbornly, up there in the dang cloud.

Then I discovered my Calendar had been wiped clean. To some, this might sound like something from their wildest dreams, but to me? TERROR. That calendar is my LIFELINE, PEOPLE!! I panicked a little, wondering what important events, dates, meetings, appointments I was going to miss...

I decided to throw in the towel and get the new iPhone. Clearly my 4S was no longer up to the task of being my #1 sidekick. I hauled my butt to the nearest Best Buy (my new favorite place to shop, thanks to the SUPERB service we've gotten there!) only to discover that they were clean outta iPhones. 

Over to AT&T I went. Same story.

Then onto Target. Ditto.

And then, to Best Buy Mobile. Where, they too, were out of the iPhone. I lamented about my missing contacts and calendars and "ugh'ed" that they were still in the cloud so why won't they come back down to my phone.

Then, this adorable blonde haired young Best Buy dude said something magical, "Wait. It's in the cloud? Try signing out of your Apple ID, then sign back in." Seems easy enough, right?

Well it didn't work. BUT THEN. OHHHHHHH BUT THEN!!!

I remembered something I had read on the internet...if you turn off iCloud for contacts and calendars (keeping what's already on your phone), then turn them back on and "merge", that your info will come back. Well, I had already tried that (about 30 times, like the Walmart cashier that kept trying to scan an item that said "Non-saleable item"...IT DIDN'T WORK THE FIRST TIME, why would it work the 30th?!) and failed but I had a EUREKA moment.

What if...WHAT IF I put the two tactics together? It was like you could see the freaking light bulb light up above my head.

I quickly grabbed my phone, turned off iCloud for contacts and calendar and then signed out of my Apple ID. I waited a few minutes, signed back IN to my Apple ID then turned iCloud back on for contacts (choosing "merge" when the option comes up) and calendar AND HOLY MOLY.

There were my contacts. E'ry last one of 'em!!!! And my appointments and birthday parties and prior commitments and EEEEEEEEK!!!!

My life was all back in order.

The end.



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