Archives for December 2012

Happy Holidays! Part One.

It’s the sign of a good holiday week, when I completely forget to post about it (because I’m too busy enjoying it!). We’re here in Tucson at my grandmother’s. Growing up, this house seemed huge, but it’s a 1950s ranch house with three bedrooms and two baths. They added on a den and a larger room that’s used for the dining room… but it still isn’t that big. Especially when you have five adults and two little kids in the house. It used to be we were in the smaller bedroom, but my parents graciously let us have the bigger…

Stuck in the Middle.

Right now, I’m sitting in the Comfort Suites in Blythe, CA. About 3:45 yesterday we were about 5 miles past Chiriaco Summit when we got a flat tire. The car was too low for us to get the spare out and we called AAA. We realized that we probably should have jacked the car to get the spare, but as it turned out the AAA guy had a hard time jacking our car, so I don’t feel bad about that at all. I did have to completely rearrange our car so that the punctured tire could fit in the back,…

App Review: EyeEm

If you’ve read my post about Instagram and their new Terms of Service, I updated it. Just so you don’t have to click to another page, this is the latest: Instagram blogged about the backlash, admitting they weren’t very clear in the way they wrote it (actually, they said that we just misinterpreted it because legal jargon is so tough). Ads will be coming to Instagram, but they won’t be selling your photos to be used in ads. And they’ve already removed the verbage that made it seem as though they were going to use your pictures and name in…

Oh, did I forget?

I forgot that I try to post daily, apparently. Not really. It was just an incredibly long day. The Little Kidlet had his last day of preschool for this calendar year, and his Winter Program, too! Usually it’s a big to-do in the chapel (it being a Lutheran school), but this year they did smaller shows in the classrooms. The kids lined up, sang their songs and then sat down for a celebratory snack. It was really cute! But with that, I was too busy to try to come up with an idea… so instead you can have a picture…

Instagram: What you need to know.

Since was originally posted, there have been developments from the story. I’ve marked the updates down at the bottom. Not that long ago, Facebook acquired Instagram. They integrated it into Facebook, and the internet rejoiced. Well, today Instagram began informing users about their updated Terms of Service– mostly to bring them more into line with Facebook’s own ToS. I’ve blogged about Facebook’s ToS and Privacy settings before, and one of Facebook’s more controversial features was the roll out of their social ads- which take activities that you make (liking pages, comments, etc) to advertise a service. It didn’t take long…

After Midnight.

This weekend, I did the unthinkable. I had a weekend filled with events. And for an introvert, that’s major. On Saturday afternoon, we went out to my brother-in-law’s housewarming party. The kidlets played with some other children and I actually talked to people instead of hiding behind my phone. It’s shocking, I know. Even more shockingly, after we dropped the kidlets at home, we went to another party. This one was at the house of someone that TheBoy works with, who apparently throws amazing themed Christmas parties each year. This year’s theme was Japanese, and there was a great spread…

Sunday Special Wrap-up: 12/16/12

{Geek} The Doubleclicks (along with Kirby Krackle) found a way to fix Baby it’s Cold Outside. All they had to do was move it to a galaxy far, far, away. Phil Noto posted this amazing poster-style art for Star Trek Into Darkness on his Tumblr. 12/12/12 happened, and it took down Tumblr. Somehow I survived without my friends silly Doctor Who things. Which reminds me, The Doctor Who Tumblr had a ‘Doctor Who’ & A session with Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, and the full transcript, GIFs included, is up on BBC America. {Pirate} The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the webseries…

Coping with the Loss

Yesterday I’d planned on posting my weekly link post. But I just couldn’t bring myself to post anything. I’d been offline most of the morning because of a doctor’s visit (I haven’t been feeling well) and it wasn’t until I was picking up the Oldest Kidlet that I even checked my phone. And while I stood there in the cold, watching the Little Kidlet play in the kindergarten play yard, I found out about the shooting in Newtown, CT. I won’t link to stories in case you haven’t heard. All you need to know is that 20 year old man…

My daily drive.

Right now, I have a morning drive that takes me around the hills nearby. Past the cemetery where deer come out in the morning to graze. Onto the freeway to continue driving around the hills. The funny thing is that the weather on one side of the hill is often very different. It will be a gloomy, foggy morning. The sort where the clouds sort of licks the hills, you can see bits of it curl around trees, filling valleys. Then I’ll get to the other side of the hill where it’s sunny, and if I look up at the…

The Worst Parking Job of the Week!

I know, it’s Wednesday. There are still a few days for someone to snatch up the prize, but I figured I would share this gem. That’s right. This person pulled into what they thought was an open space, saw the cone there, and instead of getting out to move it (or to pull out and find an open space- which there were many of), they just parked there. The backend of their car was hanging out into the parking lot, at a spot where everyone drives past. It was practically begging to get clipped. I would have been surprised, but…