I went back and checked Little G and Miss A's baby books, and strangely enough, all of our kids got their first tooth at almost exactly the same age - Little G at 5 months 8 days, Miss A at 5 months 2 days, and Baby R at 5 months 5 days. So much for each kid being different! ;)
Labels: Baby R
I just finished a survey which included the following question: "do you use a mobile phone?" The possible answers were: "yes, no or I don't know."
I don't know?
First of all, wouldn't you know it if you used a mobile phone? And second...if someone really doesn't know, do you want them helping to shape your company's future products by participating in your research?
Maybe that's the verification question to ensure that automated programs aren't completing the survey or something...
Version 4 of the amazing program IDImager was released yesterday after a huge amount of work and testing on the part of Hert, the creator of the program. Version 4 contains numerous improvements on V3 and will make this program much more accessible to anyone needing help with digital asset management - from the casual family photographer right up to multiuser studios.
I've been using IDI for about a year and a half and still haven't realized all of the amazing features this program offers, including:
- labels (similar to 'tags' offered in some other programs) - includes several methods for assigning any type of custom labels to your images, unlimited number of labels per image
- with just a few clicks you can search all images in your catalog using any combination of criteria - pictures of your husband and son taken in the last six months with a keyword of 'sports,' for example
- versioning - one of the huge strengths of this program; it allows you to keep various versions of one image together and change labels and other properties all at once (i.e. the original RAW image, a JPG copy, a black and white version, and a resized version for web use)
- batch functions that can be applied quickly to any group of images
- collections, albums, and galleries can be customized endlessly for however works best for your workflow
- built-in HTML templates to publish your images on your website
- archiving capabilities - to CD/DVD or another folder or hard drive
- slide show editor - including music!
Honestly, I can't say enough about this program (and I'm not even a paid spokesperson, lol!). The price at $69 is very comparable to similar products and I believe it outshines the competition in all areas. The customer service is second to none: the message forum is very active and supportive, and Hert replies personally to nearly all questions.
If you are looking for a way to organize those hundreds or thousands of digital pictures sitting on your computer, I would encourage you to check out IDImager!
Labels: Wordless Wednesday
This should be great news for us Canadians, and we certainly are able to stock up on great deals from American retailers, both online and at brick-and-mortar stores if you're lucky enough to live close to the border. However, for some reason (and the blame is flying in all directions) the prices at Canadian retailers have not nearly adjusted for the stronger dollar.
For example: The Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera body (of course I'm going to use a photography example!) is $725.70 online at Camera Canada. The same camera is $585US at Beach Camera. That's $557 Cdn, for a difference of $168.70, or 30% more at the Canadian retailer. The Powershot S5IS? $483.80 at Camera Canada and $341.90Cdn at Beach for a difference of $141.90 or 42% higher at Camera Canada. Yes, shipping would likely be a little more from the States, but there is no duty on electronic devices as long as they are marked correctly, so why in the world would you choose to pay 40% more just to buy in Canada?
Like I said, everyone seems to be blaming everyone else for this problem - retailers, suppliers, government. I don't really care whose fault it is so much as I hope someone can fix it - both for my sake wanting to save money on the things I buy every day, and for the sake of Canadian retailers who will and are losing business to American companies as we're heading into the busy Christmas season.
I was sitting on the floor yesterday when Little G ran over to tell me something and dropped right onto my lap with his bony sharp knees. After recovering from the pain ;) I explained to him that he must not jump on people with his knees like that because his sharp knees were digging right into my leg bone.
He raised his eyebrows at me. "You mean your femur?"
There is a but, however. I love reading but...I have a very difficult time separating reality from fiction while I'm in the midst of a book. I am extremely emotionally affected by the characters and situations I read. Today I just finished My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok - a wonderful book. Yet tonight I am on edge and 'cranky,' in my darling husband's words. ;) I am too 'in my head,' if that makes sense to anyone else: I am mulling over the story, feeling the protagonist's passion and anguish myself. I even become a little bit unaware of what is actually going on around me; all the noise feels as though it's crowding out the more important thoughts and feelings inside.
I'm at a loss for what (if anything) to do about this. I don't know that I could make myself be less emotionally invested in the books I read. And I don't think that quitting reading would be the solution, either, since it's something I really love doing. I'm not keen on explaining to Big G the reason for my moodiness - I'm afraid he may cut me off from my books!
Do you get overinvolved in what you're reading? Are there certain types of books you have chosen to stay away from to protect yourself emotionally?
Lesson learned: never travel with a vehicle full of pregnant women.
I love them dearly and we did have a lot of fun chatting on the walkie-talkies while we drove, but oh my goodness, I think we stopped at every blessed bathroom along the highway. One momentous stretch of driving was almost an HOUR long before we got the 'bladder alert' call from the other car. ;)
The retreat was great - lots of fun and relaxation as well as an excellent speaker. Unfortunately we came home to a few serious crises in our church family...Big G has been running pretty hard today. Our kids did well without us and I've been enjoying just cuddling them today!
Yeah. That's what I've got right now.
And for the rest of you...I promised a special deal, so here it is! Like I mentioned in the original giveaway post, I am hoping to develop more card designs and open a store in the not-so-distant future. I just love designing cards to show off people's beautiful families! So in order to help me build my 'portfolio' so to speak, the first FIVE people who contact me will be eligible to purchase a custom-designed photo card for just $15! Same deal as the original giveaway - you will receive the digital file and can print as many as you need. This is a steal of a deal (I can assure you, that doesn't even cover my time, lol) so act quickly!
Big G is on the steering team that puts on the event, and for the past four years I have played/sang on the worship team. It is an amazing group of musicians and worshippers and I have so enjoyed and been blessed by being part of this team.
Last year, I was around eight weeks pregnant and felt awful, and then by the Saturday of the event, both my kids were sick. I spent Saturday night basically up all night going back and forth between throwing up kids. And then had to show up at 7 or some silly time Sunday morning for sound check, leaving the very sick kids with a college-aged friend (who was very gracious).
The week immediately following this youth conference eveyr year is our district's pastor's retreat, so right after finishing this busy weekend, Big G and I run home and pack ourselves and the kids and take the kids to wherever they're staying for the week. We leave early (like 6) on Monday morning. Last year the kids were both sick the whole time we were gone. We sorely needed the break (my niece was living with us at that point) and yet it was incredibly difficult to be away from my kids, knowing that someone else was caring for them while they were so ill.
I thought last year was just part and parcel of our whole crazy fall, but last night Little G spent a good part of the night crying that either his ear or his tummy hurt. By 7 this morning he was throwing up. He's currently conked out on the couch in a total deja vu of last year.
I'm feeling so frustrated and upset and guilty - is this a 'sign' that I'm being selfish wanting to participate in this weekend in worship and I should just stay with my kids every moment? Is it an attack from the Enemy? Little G hasn't been sick once in the last year, not once, until today. I've got soundcheck at 1 and that kicks off the whole crazy week. And I can only guess that Miss A will be getting whatever it is too - probably right while we're gone next week.
I believe that the Lord, in His great love for us, has plans for us that are good. I do. It is just very difficult to trust and understand sometimes. I am the mom, the last line of defense, I'm the one that needs to be here for my kids when they're sick, and yet I have to be there this weekend. If only I could split myself in two...
I don't know how this could happen in this day and age of high security - Sudbury is a fairly large city, not a tiny rural hospital or anything. Very frightening - it makes me want to not let my baby out of my sight at the hospital if we have another one!
I will definitely be praying for this family and for the precious baby.
November is National Blog Posting Month (aka NaBloPoMo) out in the blogosphere, and this year I'm signing up and giving it a try.
The idea, of course, is to post to your blog every day during the month of November - there are various groups and forums on the NaBloPoMo homepage as well and you can get involved as much or as little as you wish.
In the interests of honesty, I will say right up front that I'm going to have to 'cheat' to accomplish the posting goals - we will be away for a few days next week and I won't have internet access (gasp) to post. So...there will be a few back-dated or forward-dated or some such creative-dated posts in there. ;) But you can look forward to reading something from me at least 30 times during November!
I'm planning to discuss homeschooling and my hopes for that, including my reasons for wanting to homeschool and my thoughts on curriculum. I'd like to work through some of my recent thoughts on popular media and children, and alcohol - to partake or not? I hope you'll join in the discussion!