Thursday, February 12, 2015

Photostream and the Techno Geek

 Don't you just hate it when some working thing stops. So was the case of Photostream. January 24 was the last time it magically appeared on my PC. Dang! Around then, C-cleaner helped unload whatever turtle was living in this machine. Google Chrome was added. Photostream updates were installed. So who really knew how the link was broken. Spent too much time on the fix yesterday, to no avail.

Google, everyone's BFF, indicated that a lot of people have this problem. Many possible solutions and  tries later, Photostream remained PhotoStuck.  One guy provided the steps to make it work. They didn't for me but I did note that the file to be deleted was in the Roaming section of the software. In January, when my Quicken software failed to open after downloading a new release, the tech dude gave me a set of steps to follow. These files were also in the roaming section. So...


In this case, make connections to solutions not people. So...it included, deleting the old software and restarting the machine. Disconnecting from the internet, reloading the software and restarting the machine. Guess what, it's:


now. Persistence is a gift!

It is especially pleasing that I am probably considered to old to like this techno geek stuff.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Raise

A new and useful app showed up. It's called Raise.


This app allows you to buy and sell gift cards at discounted prices. So before you shop online or in stores, check out the Raise marketplace to find discounted gift cards for stores such as Starbucks, Target, The Home Depot, and Macy’s. You can search by brand, category or value, and easily add it to your shopping cart. No need to wait for the card to be shipped. Simply have it downloaded to your smart phone and you carry it with you. I'm told that you need to allow as much as 24 hours for the transaction to complete so plan ahead.


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Uber New

You CAN teach an old dog HMMM! lady new tricks.
Last week it was Uber. Not uber new but uber Uber!

As in:

I might not have chosen this experience but the hotel gave us a pass to try it. Downloading the app was required. Setting up an account with credit card on file was also. After that, it was:

  • very easy to use
  • they are personal cars and were very clean
  • the drivers were very polite
  • the pick up was quicker
  • and the ride was cheaper
  • the ride is automatically billed to your credit card
  • and a receipt is emailed on the spot
  • they send you a picture of your driver so you won't get in any random car
Our first driver was on his lunch hour and earning some extra cash so he didn't mind a shorter drive. The drivers have an app on their smart phone that when they plug in their availability, maps their location. The closest car to the client is offered and if he accepts, comes to fetch you. If he declines, the next closest is pegged.The driver know where he needs to go and thus can respond based on the time he/she has available. 

There were three of us and I am not sure if I would go it alone.
But for this time, it was uber cool!



Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

It's that time of year to try and bring focus to the days ahead. But for me, closing out last year is a good starting point.



Last years "14 in 14" was good for me. It mostly has to do with learning new things but sometimes it needs to be about getting things done.
  • I stuck with Duolingo and my Spanish learning. (they teach a lot of languages and the price is right (FREE) so do check it out.)
  •  I am still doing the "Practice" photo class with Katrina Kennedy. It's a year long effort.
  • I finished the "Dyeing to Design" class with Elizabeth Barton. It was good.
  • I continue with Lightroom and need to step it up this year.
In addition:
  • Took a family trip to South Africa to attend our nephews wedding.
  • Documented our trip to Spain with a Blurb photo journal book.
  • Volunteered time by leading both a geranium and wreath sale for a ladies group to which I belong.
  • Organized a small quilt show for the United Methodist ladies group.
  • Completed several scrapbooking classes and a number of iphoneography classes. All online stuff.
  • Took a trip to Hawaii for some R & R.
  • Entered my quilt Heirlooms in SAQA's Food for Thought exhibit. It was accepted and the first venue is the Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, a place I visited many times when I lived in St Louis. To me, this is the best quilt museum around and I can't believe I will have something hanging there. 
  • Got an Eagle (that's a 3 on a par 5 hole) at Pumpkin Ridge...hole #11, from about 135 yards out. It's all luck but then, it's good to be lucky:).
  • Attended my 50th grade school reunion. How did we get so old but good that it was a blast and we can still have fun!
  • Remain a totally geeky Trailblazer fan watching as many games as is possible. Go Boys!
What are you up to?

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Voices: Anne Lamott

I had the opportunity to hear Anne Lamott speak this past week at the Voices lecture series. A 60 year old white woman with dreads might cause one to pause. She is however riveting. She often speaks of loss but in a hopeful way. I have read several of her books. Traveling Mercies is the most recent one.




I left the lecture with three thoughts.

First, there are three kinds of prayer: Help, Thanks and Wow! I do think most fit one of those categories. I certainly applied them to my golf game on Friday. haha
She later added a forth prayer called Whatever. I think that fits the case when you don't get the answer for which you hoped.

Second, there are really only two things that can fill you up. One is giving and the other is solitude.

Third, for writers or artists or anyone learning something new or doing something new, DO THE WORK. Don't wait for inspiration to come. It comes by doing the work.

She was funny, engaging and very honest. I wish you could have joined me for this fun and thoughtful evening.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Twenty-Four

My girl turned 24 last Friday. Here is one of my very favorite pics from her first year.


Look at her now...at work. Such poise, so professional, so grown up. WOW! She is amazing.




Happy, happy Birthday. Love you to bits, my sweet girl!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Storyteller

I am a storyteller. I have a blog by that name. Sometimes I cross reference it here. It is mostly about digital scrap booking and the tools of Photoshop. I am a PS addict. I love it to bits. I am working on stories from back in the day...

In September, 1990, we noticed an unusual caterpillar in our front flower bed. It was lime green, black and white striped. My boys had bug jars and so Drew snatched it up and put it along with some leaves in his bug jar. The next morning, the caterpillar was missing but hanging from the lid was the most amazing chrysalis, bright green with gold studs. Our timing must have been spot on. 

We did some research and thought it just might be a Monarch. We patiently waited and in about 10 days, the chrysalis became transparent and we could see the Monarch within. It gyrated out of the chrysalis and hung upside down, stretching and drying it's wings. We gently opened the jar to release it from it's confines. After a bit, it fluttered away. 

Here is the photo journal story. If you would like to see more stories, set up an RSS feed and follow me there.  www.elainemillarstoryteller.blogspot.com
I would love to have you on board.