Liquid and Laptops – A Bad Mix

•November 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

On Saturday I got a phone call from my friend in Pennsylvania. She said, “I’m having a panic attack and you’re the first person I thought of to call; My son spilled a huge glass of iced tea on my laptop.”

I told her that this has to have happened to a lot of people out there. She said the laptop was not under warranty and then she said, “Not that this would be covered under the warranty anyway.” She and I were thinking out loud basically.

She said she came home after this had happened and her son was trying to turn the laptop on and off, on and off. When she attempted to turn it on, she only heard a crackling sound and shut it right back off again. She said they were attempting to take it apart to let it dry out.

I told her she may want to think about getting the hard drive out of the laptop; that if worse came to worse and she lost this laptop, at least she would have that backup.

Since this event happened I have thought of a few things I am going to keep in mind:

  • If liquid gets onto my laptop or a PC, I will NOT attempt to turn it on
    (so nothing gets fried)
  • I will dry the computer out as soon as possible (with laptops tilted)
  • Call my computer guy before I do anything (he’s never not been available)
  • Before a computer crash of any kind might happen, I will back up my files on my external hard drive   (preventive measures)

Things have turned out OK for my friend; her laptop is functioning just fine now and hopefully it will stay that way.

S.L.M. 11.16.09 @ 2:02 p.m.


A Baby Cousin Is On The Way

•November 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

About a month ago we found out that my husband’s youngest sister is going to be having a baby (due March 4th).  My husband has two sisters and neither of them have had kids yet.  We have two sons (ages 10 and 8).

The family was together at my husband’s parents’ house and we were about to sit down to dinner (family dinners are becoming less common as we all stay busy, however they may start to happen more with a baby on the way) when we got the news in an unusual way.

The month before this (September) I thought I was pregnant, which is ironic based on the way things went at this family dinner.  My father-in-law, with a busting, ‘I can’t wait to tell you something’ smile said, “Someone here is pregnant.”

He let everyone look at each other and wonder (really only my other sister-in-law wondered because the parents already knew).

It was fun to be told that way although I knew it couldn’t be the other sister-in-law; she’s allergic to the idea of having kids of her own (she’s a great aunt though!)

After a few seconds, my pregnant sister-in-law spoke up and about the same time my father-in-law exposed who was really pregnant.  It was a relatively muted reaction by everyone but I would never have expected any different from them; they are a laid back group.  I am very excited from the start and I hope my enthusiasm shows.

My sons are thrilled to have a boy cousin on the way.  Yesterday the kids were doing the math and figuring out how old they will be when he’s old enough to…ride a bike, go to elementary school and do other stuff like that.  My oldest son said he’ll be driving when his cousin goes into pre-k.  Hm, he’s right!  My husband’s sister and her husband waited 14 years before deciding to have a baby, so that does have an effect on the cousin-age-difference thing.  I told the kids that hey, at least they’ll have a boy cousin that they get to see.  My 44 year old brother in Seattle has a 2-1/2 year old but we never see them.

This got me to thinking about what unique ways there are out there to announce a baby is on the way.

S.L.M. 11.01.09

Firefox Rocks

•May 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I use Mozilla Firefox and I am glad that I do. I have IE6 still (never bothered trying to get IE7) so that I can check what different sites look like in different browsers for different users. I do not like to use IE and I rarely ever do. Somehow, IE has expanded itself and made itself look all blocky and zoomed in. I researched this on the confusion that is the Microsoft website.

Upon researching the subject, “Text size on a Web page changes unexpectedly in Internet Explorer 6” I arrived at the MS website on a “Hotfix” in the paragraph starting, “Important This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up…”

Ya right! Like I am going to mess with all of that junk! This is exactly why I do not use IE and why I do use Firefox. I can simply hold Ctrl and press the button to zoom out and again hold Ctrl and press the + button to zoom in again with the Firefox browser. Talk about a “Hotfix”!

So the summation for me is that I stay far away from IE in its 6 and 7 forms and only view it now and again to see how the sites I am working on look in it. I also use other browsers just as evenly. I never use IE for actual browsing purposes, so I guess the zoomed, chunky, disgusting look is simply an annoyance.

Hey, I never said I didn’t get IE all messed up that way completely on my own. I just happen to think Firefox rocks, that’s all.

S.L.M. 5.6.09 @ 10:15

WC3 (HTML) and WC3 (CSS) Site Markup Validation

•May 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

In getting this site to clean up and make good, I am trying to get it to be the best it can. I am having difficulty getting my manager to see that I can get the site clean and without errors in CSS but apparently not HTML 4.01 Transitional as well.

At least I am not sure that I can make the site error-free both ways. I know that the CSS is clean (no errors found) and that’s why I do the site this way. HTML is harder to work with.

I use Fagan Finder to test the site and it is a great utility (developing, linking, etc.) I would recommend this tool to anyone who works on websites.

I would take a suggestion or five on validating markup. Here’s the home page in question, thanks.

To validate a site, follow these steps:
Go to
Enter web address
Click “view page”
Then click the “develop” tab
Then click the first link “W3C (HTML)” and/or the ninth “WC3 (CSS)”

S.L.M. 5.5.09 2:53

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Depression & My Beliefs

•May 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I found this article very interesting regarding how depression feels. This article discusses more on unbiased depression treatment.

Since I have included links to the media website regarding what I believe, here is a direct link that explains my beliefs. Many times people have questions about Witnesses but ask from their friends, coworkers or others and get confusing answers. This will give you a fair and objective opportunity to get more answers and/or information on your own, if you have questions, directly from the source and from the correct website.

S.L.M. 5.5.09 @ 8:29

Locking Into a Mindset – I Will Accomplish This

•October 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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This time I will accomplish my goal.  I lost so much weight – 90 pounds actually – and I know I can do this again.

For the simple fact that my overall health is at risk and I do not want diabetes, that should be enough for me to lose the weight I have left to lose.  Both of my parents had diabetes and all of my siblings have blood sugar problems.  I want to do what I can to avoid diabetes or blood sugar problems at all costs.

This past summer, my 40-year old brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he went to the doctor because he could not feel his feet.  His blood sugar was 450 or so and now he has to be very careful.  He was very angry when he first learned about his situation and he did not want to deal with it; I do not blame him at all.  He went through a sort of ‘process’ where he was coping with his illness.

Diabetes is common, yes, but is still an illness to be dealt with.  Diabetes makes people feel awful and upset and they cannot get out from under its daily frustration.

Now I know what I have to do and I will accomplish it.  I know what I used to look like when I lost all of that weight and that is what I want to look like again; mostly for my health and family too.

10.28.08 @ 10:28

After the Tonsil Surgery

•October 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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My sweet little boy had his tonsils and adenoids out.  He was very precious before the surgery and he smiled at all of the staff members and everyone.  The hospital staff was as nice as could be.

The surgery itself latest a very short time; it is quite simple.  I had coffee and watched CNN with my husband.  I went to the cafeteria when it opened and got a refill of coffee and a drink for my husband.  When I got back, I opened my book to read and the doctor came out to shake our hands – the surgery was over and everything was fine.

Our son was in recovery for the longest amount of time  (total, that we were in the hospital) and he looked a pale when we saw him.  As soon as he saw me he got big tears in his eyes.  The nurse kept the oxygen close to his mouth and nose and brought him a big grape popsicle.

My husband’s parents came up to the hospital to see their grandson, which I thought was very touching.  They run a business and this was a drive for them, through traffic and in the early morning, but they came to see him.  There was only ten minutes before he was released but they still stayed.  I thought it was very kind of them and I thanked them several times for coming to the hospital.

Soon our son was discharged from the hospital – less tonsils and adenoids. in a wheelchair, which he thought was strange.   He was sleepy and my husband slipped him into his carseseat in the van.

Right away we filled the pain medicine prescription and the antibiotics for him and headed home.  He was in pain and very tired and he just wanted to get into his own bed.

At home, we had everything all ready for his arrival.  I had already taken him shopping so that he could choose his ice cream flavors and his jell-o and pudding popscicles and soup and spaghetti and other items from his diet list.  There are only certain foods he can eat right after surgery so we needed to be prepared in advance.

He is resting nicely and we are following doctor’s orders to drink fluids at least once per hour,

He is doing great and happy to rest for right now but we will see how long that lasts.  He still gets pain and needs his medicine regularly and he sleeps a lot but he feels better between times as well.  Hopefully he’ll be doing better very soon.

10.24.08 @ 10:24