Saturday, November 27, 2010

That time of Year

My To-Do list

* Get Christmas Tree and Decorations out of basement
* Put the Christmas tree up
* Decorate the Christmas Tree
* Find the recipe for Grandma & pa's Christmas cookies
* Make list of ingredients required and them make them
* Think about making some more different cookies as well
* Package & gift cookies to friends and family
* Finish all of my Christmas knitting
* Finish shopping for items that are not hand crafted
* Fill out bazillion Christmas Cards
* Distribute Bazillion Christmas Cards (after locating address lists from last year)
* Buy eggnog and rum and enjoy a nice drink
* Remember that this is a time of happiness and cheer

Friday, November 26, 2010


Well, last weekend was my birthday. Thank goodness it's over for another year. My eldest came over, and one thing I'm really grateful for is that my husband offered to make dinner and told me to invite my favoritest person in the entire world, my friend Shannon, and her family.

So, last Saturday, hubby was cooking in the kitchen and I was sitting in the livingroom chatting with my buddy. Her hubby was in the kitchen with mine, and her kids were hanging with mine. :)

We shared stories, and projects, and the love flowed (as did the wine). I don't see Shannon nearly as much as I would like to, but when we do get together, it's always like no time passed at all. I also follow her blog and her projects on a knitting site we are both part of, although she doesn't post updates enough there for my liking :)

So, with my spirit refreshed with great friendship, family, food and wine - I welcome another year. xox

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Factory Fresh (again?)

“Laptop issues again?” hubby asks as he walks by me.
“yeah babe, some Admin restrictions. Having an issue installing software or viewing images”
I’m on the phone on hold with HP service. It’s been about 25 minutes. I’m getting cranky so I hang up. No sense being cranky with some young kid who happens to get my help desk call.

I go to the HP website and go to the Customer Service chat help. This seems to go faster and in no time there is Kalam typing a “Hello, how can I help you?”

I type that my hard drive died a month or so ago and HP replaced it and reinstalled everything, but did more after the factory fresh and changed/updated some settings because I was getting Administrator access only error messages. So, he advises that I make a ‘new account’, transfer all my files to the new account, and then delete the old account. At this point, I ask if it would be better for me to just do a System Recovery and go to Factory Fresh after backing up my stuff. “No, no, no… not necessary. Lets make new account first.”

So, 80 minutes later, a new account is made and my files are copied over to this new “Lynn”. I go ahead and deleted the “Admin” account. Then I go and try to install jzip (the program that started all this Admin crap) and still get the same error pop up box about Administrator permissions and to contact my Administrator. I AM THE FUCKEN ADMINISTRATOR!!!! It’s a home laptop. There is only ME!!!

I back up the 3 files that I’ve added since my last back up, restart, and go to System Recovery. “Are you sure?” pops up. “Yes, Factory Fresh this time, please” I speak back to my laptop, hoping against hope that I don’t end up throwing this piece of lemon out the window.

Well, 40 minutes later, I’m Factory Fresh and getting all my files back in order. The first one I install is the jzip. No problem at all now.

Thanks for a serious waste of my afternoon HP.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Knotty but Nice Hat

I finished a Knotty but Nice hat for Sebastian. You can find the pattern at I love this site! Free patterns, with a new newsletter out every 4 months. I'm going to ask S if I can post a pic of him modelling it! lol, lets cross our fingers.

Kids are at TwaeKwonDo right now. They are both brown belts, and doing very well. I just wished they would practice a bit more.

HUMPH!!! Never ask a man for his opinion in regards to something knitted. Hubby just said that the Knotty but Nice hat is too girly! And now S is worried about it... well, I guess I just knitted myself a hat. :(

Knotty but Nice