Saturday, January 3

Go to California then get a new computer

I highly recommend it.
Seriously, though. Happy New Year! You know, I mentioned previously that I'd been out of town for a bit visiting my sister. I had a really nice time, despite having a nasty cold and feeling like my head was going to explode all over the inside of the plane cabin, and I'm looking forward to future visits to the Bay area.
The purpose of my trip was two-fold: help my sister (you know my name is Megan, so I will call her Amy) with wedding preparations and enjoy some quiet time away from my 3 small children. Amy and I got some important wedding things accomplished, enjoyed a lovely shower with her very warm and welcoming girlfriends (so nice to meet you Heather, Amy, Missy and all!), and discussed, as we do so often, the merits and shortcomings of the 1994 movie version of Little Women.
I highly recommend going to visit your sister if at all possible.

On another note, we did get a new computer. Ours died over Thanksgiving (making my posts here very infrequent since then) and we've finally gotten most of our new systems in place. We are missing our master calendar due to some manufacturer's failure to produce upgrades and I feel like I'm operating a bit in space without it, but hey, I can blog again.
Which brings me to one exciting new feature: our photo organizer. I thought I was just ignorant when it came to manipulating digital photos, which is pretty true, but I've just found (within the last few minutes) that with better software I can give the impression of being more skilled than I am. See above, my first photo collage. I didn't take great care in choosing, cropping and all that but I'm still pleased. It's a whole new world for me!

Anyway, I'm up and running again and I'm excited to be posting! I can't guarantee that I'll come up with any more time to do so in the new year, but I'm thankful to have the resources. It was a nice Christmas present.


Amy said...

Hooray! New post! New pictures! SOOO excited.

Can't believe you'll be out here in less than two weeks for the big day. Yippee!

The Jerrolds Family said...

So fun to meet you & get to know you more. I love the CA pictures & the collage is great! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Anonymous said...

You're back! The world makes sense again. Love the entry & am very impressed w/the photo collage. Maybe you can teach me some new things on the next annual Texas visit.

Gretchen said...

Just wanted to let you know you inspired me to make the peanut butter storage idea and I posted it on my blog and giving you props. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

This is the first time I have left a comment on your blog. I love your photo collage. What is the 'photo organiser' that you use?


Megan said...

Hi Emily, We are now using Picasa. It's by Google and it's free! I don't know much (anything) about software, but this seems to suit us right now. We can upload photos from our home computer albums to web albums to share with family and we have a few more creative options (like the collages) than we previously had. The changes you make to pictures are non-destructive, too, always leaving an original file on your computer. I can't speak too intelligently about any other features, but I find it simple to use so far for someone with little computer skills.

Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday said...

San Francisco is my favorite! :) I'm looking forward to reading your blog in 2009!