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Today in My History

2000:  Bottles of Chance
2001:  Confessions of a Klutz
2002:  Tool Time
2003:  Who Is Milton and Why Should I Care?
2004:  Portals of the Past
2005:  Cultural Icons
2006:   94 and Counting

2007:  Seventy
2008:  Category 1


Books Read in 2009
Updated: 8/23
"Breaking Dawn"

Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
(updated 7/24/09)


The Reunion from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

and on YouTube

Look at these Videos

How to Decorate a cake
5 Year Old sings "Folsom Prison"
Shatner reads Palin's farewell speech
Pool playing toddler
Jon Stewart/Mike Huckabee on Abortion
(full interview)

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2 September 2009

This was definitely a day of highs and lows, technologically and otherwise.

It started with the morning feeding at 5-something.  I stayed up to work on the photo show for my mother's party.  Jeri got up, had breakfast and went off to a nearby coffee shop with free wi fi.  Walt got up, had breakfast and went to work.  I sat in the recliner and fell asleep until the puppies woke me at quarter to eleven!

Jeri, who had an on-line discussion for the on-line class she teaches, got home about the time I was up to my elbows in formula and when the puppies were all back asleep again, she suggested we work on installing the router so she didn't have to go back to the coffee shop again tomorrow.  I was thrilled.

Well, this is a Linksys router that comes with an installation disk.  The first thing the disk does is to check if you have an internet connection, and it told me that I did not, despite the fact that in order to see what to do next, I used my non-existent internet connection to get onto their web site and try to find out what to do next.  Jeri finally used the low-tech way of getting the answer (since I was having no success with the high tech way). She called customer service.

Miracle of miracles, the phone was answered by a real live person.  Whoda thunk.  This nice lady in the Philippines spent about an hour on the telephone with us trouble-shooting, her in the Philippines, me at the desktop, and Jeri on the floor with the cords and plugs and stuff.  It was alternately fun and annoying.   Fun because in the down times when we were waiting for my computer to reboot (3 times), we chatted a bit about personal things.  Annoying because she seemed to be reading from a script when in her "tech" mode and called me ma'am about 3 times in each sentence.  She never listened to what we were saying.  She asked Jeri which lights were showing on the router, for instance, when Jeri had plainly said more than once that she did not have the router plugged in or turned on, according to the directions she read.

Ultimately, after trying three lengthy work-arounds to the installation disk, she decided I had a local server problem and referred me to my local provider.  I thanked her profusely, Jeri packed up the modem, and I realized that in doing all the stuff we had been doing for the past hour, I had erased all of my settings for the local LAN.  This is the blessing of a local connection and why it's worth it to me to pay more for it...I called the DCN office and in a matter of seconds, was back on line again.  But we've given up on the router for now.  The coffee shop isn't THAT far away.

Jeri invited me to go with her and Phil for lunch and then to take the dogs to the dog park (I hadn't seen Lester yet).  But there were all sorts of problems with that, not the least of which was what to do with badly behaving Sheila and Lizzie at a restaurant (Lester is well mannered).  I also was in the midst of the photo project (and tearing my hair out about that), so I suggested they go off to lunch and the dog park with Lester and I'd stay here and work. 

But first Phil brought Lester by.  She is taller, definitely heavier, but other than peeing in my office (submissively, when surrounded by 3 dogs, all sniffing her) and tearing up the pergo strip between my office and the family room, it's nice to see her back.  She seemed fascinated by the puppies.

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"Hey!  That was my bed!!!"

It's difficult to believe that when Lester first got here and was called "Tot," with her sister "Tater," that she was the size that these puppies are now!

(But speaking of puppies, it appears that after an initial rally, Alfie isn't doing well even with Mom, even when he has one on one time with her.   Ashley is thinking he's not going to make it.)

While Jeri and Phil were out, I found out how to fix my most vexing problem on the photo frame and so went to town scanning, tweaking and saving photos.   Then I discovered that I could not get the new photos on the thing.   Many expletives were uttered.  I was about to give up entirely, but kept going back and trying just one more thing.  I finally figured out a back door work-around and was thrilled. 

Time for a celebration ("Dark and Stormy" for Jeri, Walt and Phil; water for me and a plate of bruschetta for us all)

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(dogs convinced they will get their share)

Then we had dinner -- some beef strips Jeri and I bought at Costco and spaghetti with some great pesto sauce that Pat's husband Rich had brought to me after we returned from our Europe Trip party the other night.

Then I brought out the top of the wedding cake I've been storing in my freezer for a year, and gave Jeri and Phil some martini glasses for their first anniversary.

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In deference to their >4000 mile "jaunt" to get here with Lester, I found an anniversary card with a photo of two dogs in a car.

They were a bit dubious about cutting a year-old cake...

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But except for the outside frosting, it wasn't bad and we each had a piece.  But everyone was quite tired, especially Walt...

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...and everybody went to bed shortly after dinner, except me.  I went through all 2,000 photos from last year's wedding, taking out the best ones of my mother to add to the photo project and when it was all finished and I confidently did what I was sure I needed to do, realized that I couldn't get the new pictures on the frame again.  I just cried.

BUT, as I was typing this, I tried one more thing...and it worked.   I'm not touching this frame again until I set it up for the party on Saturday!!!



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