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Travelin’ Thursday


“I’m a travelin’ gal, made a lot of stops

All over the world . . . .”

–shades of Ricky Nelson

Welcome to Travelin’ Thursday! Much like Waldo and Carmen San Diego, I plan to move out of my comfort zone and wander the friendly confines of my 10-mile personal travel bubble. Wherever I land is where I plan to type the day’s blog post.

I guess I’d better put reliable wifi on the top of my preference list of far-flung places to type profound thoughts and observations. I had hoped to type and post this from Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet, where I just finished a scrumptious vegan feast. But even though wifi is available, it’s not a strong-enough signal for me to access e-mail (I took a couple photos with my iPhone and e-mailed them to myself to use in this blog post) and post. So I must wait until I get back home.


Good Eats Once a Month

I love Dimassi’s, but I limit myself to monthly visits due to the cost ($9.99 plus tax, which at least does include soda). What I like best about this restaurant is that it lists the ingredients of every dish above it in the buffet line. That way there are none of those unwelcome surprises that those of us with food allergies and/or are veg*ns (shorthand for vegetarians and/or vegans) so often stumble across on our way to healthier eating and/or eating according to our convictions. Dimassi’s has possibly the world’s-tastiest hummus (or maybe just the Houston area’s) and plenty of other good vegan delights.


Watched It Twice and Still “Lost”

Last night I watched “Lost” twice (once with the boys and the second time with the Mister, who worked late), and I found it to be fascinating both times with still more questions than answers. Yesterday I had lunch with my friends Karen C. and Kelly. Karen declared that she was sitting out this season of “Lost,” because she’s mad at the show due to the lack of answers in recent seasons. I find the utter confusion to be a great hook to keep our family interested in the eventual outcome. I enjoy reading what EW.com has to say about the show, as well as Nik at Nite and Docartz’ blog. They and their readers always seem to find so much substance in the show’s nuances. Pictured above is time traveler Daniel Faraday (a fitting choice for Travelin’ Tuesday!).

Potential spoiler alert!

(respectful spoiler space inserted)

I especially loved how Desmond and Penny named their baby son Charlie. We miss you, rocker boy!

Entertainment Center Update

Yes, it’s still in the bedroom, unfortunately. I’ve e-mailed a picture to the person who hopefully will take the little beast off my hands and am waiting to hear what her final decision will be. I may be too impatient for Freecycle!

Get ’er dones

• Travelin’ and typin’ were today’s biggies. If you’re reading this, then I got ’em done.

• I need to get back into the master bedroom. I’m sure that the little beast will be mocking me as I go through boxes.

• I bought the Mister a digital frame for Christmas. Surely you don’t have to ask if I’ve set it up for him yet, right? It has slots for three photos, so I need to measure them, pick the photos of the boys to use in them, crop them to size, and output them on my Epson inkjet printer. Then I need to put photos on an SD card that will play in the digital frame, learn how to operate it, and teach the Mister (aka Mr. Technophobe) how to use it. It could be a long night!

Marvelous Monday

And how could it not be marvelous when the boys are back in school, and I have the house all to myself once again?!? I love my guys, but I also cherish my quiet time.

I actually got some things accomplished over the weekend; it helped that the guys were gone all day Saturday playing disc golf: A couple loads of laundry, administrative work on this blog, Photoshopping the middle school boys’ basketball photos and uploading them to Smugmug, and starting the upload of family photos to Smugmug for archiving (a long process due to having so many photos).













Speaking of those basketball photos, I thought I’d showcase a couple of my less-than-impressive shots. This is what happens when you’re in your mid-50s, and your reflexes are getting mighty sloooow. I call these “ballhead” photos, for obvious reasons. I’m going to be taking photos of the eighth-grade girls’ basketball games this afternoon, and I hope my reflexes will be faster. I’m only going to use my Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens on my Nikon D300, because I wasn’t impressed with the results from last week when I tried the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. I just feel more comfortable with the 85mm in the gym. Fortunately, I don’t need to shoot a lot of photos, because I’ve already turned in my yearbook-caliber pix. I’m going to concentrate on the girls whose parents are more likely to buy their action pictures.


Tonight the family will be watching “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS. It’s a quirky show with lovable characters; we especially like Sheldon (pictured on the left). Leaning out on a tangent . . . looking for “BBT” artwork to include in this blog showed me why I have trouble getting things done: First, I went to the CBS website to see what logos they showed. Then I did a Google search for better artwork (shown above). But while I was on the CBS site, I saw all the videos they have pertaining to the show and got caught up in a couple behind-the-scenes flicks. Fifteen minutes later, I’m back typing away. I need to learn to get those video/reading fixes after I finish my task. By the way, CBS’ “Survivor” has some of the best behind-the-scenes videos, especially when they show what happens to the jury members when they’re living at Ponderosa. While going to the “Survivor” site to obtain the link, I noticed photos and videos for the new season, Survivor Tocantins (hate when we can’t pronounce the name easily). But I’ve learned my lesson: I’ll check that out later.

Here’s today’s get ’er done menu:

• Fill out a form to get Apple’s iLife ’09 for shipping and handling ($9.95); I get the reduced price, because I recently bought the new MacBook. Put it in the mail. iLife is a great suite of productivity products (iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb, iDVD, and GarageBand [I guess “iMusic” wasn’t compelling enough]) that we’ve enjoyed using. The #1 son uses GarageBand a lot, and I think he will benefit from the newest version.

• Meal plan for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

• Grocery shop

• Continue the Smugmug archiving process (it’s done on my iMac, which is in my office across from where I’m typing on the MacBook in the dining room; I think I might wear a groove in the berber carpet going back and forth from the MacBook to the iMac)

• Order the #1 son his main birthday present (he’ll be 17—shock to my system!—February 3)

• Work for 30-60 minutes on the master bedroom

• Enjoy watching “The Big Bang Theory,” even if it’s one we’ve seen

Saturday night I watched the rerun of Wednesday’s “Lost” episodes and still had to chuckle when whiny Neil (“Frogurt” to Sawyer) got hit with the flaming arrow! Awesome timing!

Easy-peasy Friday? Nope!

The Friday after the cleaning crew comes has always been my favorite day of the week. The house looks pretty good, and there doesn’t seem to be as many demands on my time. The living is relatively easy!

Usually I don’t have much scheduled on Fridays, but I’ve got a pretty full day today: At 9 a.m., I have an eighth-grade celebration meeting at #2 son’s middle school; I have a haircut at 10:30 a.m. (my neighbor cuts our hair; it’s the kind of short commute I like!); and I’m going out with the cul-de-sac gals at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. I need to meet the middle school PTO’s ways and means chair at Sam’s Club to buy candy for this afternoon’s candy sale. #2 son and I will help with the candy sale after school (3:50 p.m.). The PTO makes so much money off the once-a-week sale it’s almost criminal! If we could get a couple local dentists to buy in as sponsors, we wouldn’t have to have any other fundraisers!!

I guess today’s get ’er done menu is to just get through the day! As for yesterday’s menu, I did get everything done.

By the way, I’m typing this on the new MacBook while I calibrate the battery (supposed to make it last longer). So far I’m loving my new laptop!

My new MacBook!


I’m typing this at the Apple Store, as I await my new 13-inch MacBook (the 2.0 model). We have an old Powerbook (2005 vintage) that the boys have taken over (their iPods are docked to it). It also needs a new battery. I’m looking forward to some good mobile computing, especially with my writing (a 2009 goal).

I’ll post a review of the MacBook soon.

Will the clutter ever end?!?

Someone take my master bedroom . . . please! I started the excavation yesterday and, unfortunately, was not surprised to find papers from 2000 and 2003. Vintage stuff almost all to be shredded. The good news was that I was able to work while watching Oprah and Dr. Oz and “The Andy Griffith Show” after that (one of my black-and-white favorites with Mayberry’s choir discovering that Gomer has a wonderful singing voice . . . and Barney does not) on our new 40-inch Samsung HDTV.

But I’m getting ahead of myself . . . did I get ’er done yesterday?

• I redid the header in Photoshop, which wasn’t too hard.

• I suggested that my cousin Andi look into Nikon’s 12-24mm lens (wouldn’t mind having one of those myself!).

• I paid the bills online (groaning a bit as I did).

• I kept up with a live blog on technologizer.com of Phil Schiller’s Apple keynote speech at Macworld. I know a lot of Apple fans are disappointed that more wasn’t unveiled, but I think Apple would be better off with a big news conference in September or October, in time for holiday shopping. I’m interested in the 13-inch MacBook, not the new 17-inch MacBook Pro; my main concern now is whether or not iLife ’09 will be on the new MacBook I plan to buy.

• I called Walmart, was put on hold for at least 10 minutes, and then the line was disconnected. Sigh! Guess I’ll have to stop by customer service the next time I shop there. The best part of being on hold? Listening to one of my favorite songs, “Young Girl” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. I’m just glad that I use the Apple bluetooth headset with my iPhone when I make these kinds of calls; that way my neck doesn’t hurt, and our landline isn’t tied up.

• As noted, I did start working on the bedroom clutter. I fear it might be a never-ending job!

Here’s the get ’er done menu for today:

• Fill the soap dispenser in the half bath with Sam Club’s generic antibacterial soap. The dispenser was running very low, so, of course, my ingenious spouse decided to fill it with water! That did make me laugh.

• Go to Sam’s Club to buy peppers for my mostly-daily salads. They package two yellow, two orange, and two red peppers together for a relatively low price. Got to add color to my salads! While I’m in the neighborhood, I might as well go to Walmart (it’s right next door to Sam’s) and check on the return policy as well as buy bread. The boys like Sara Lee’s Soft and Smooth Honey Wheat bread (it’s not enriched, unlike the Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread . . . that’s so weird!), and the Soft and Smooth variety isn’t sold everywhere. Plus it’s 50 cents cheaper at Sam’s vs. Kroger’s.

• Continue working on the master bedroom. Try not to sneeze from all the dust!

Moving forward!

First things first: Did I get ’er done yesterday? Sure did!
• Got those four photos uploaded to the neighborhood newsletter. Not my best work because the lights in the school’s gyms cycle frequently causing odd color shifts. Over the two-week winter break I also met my goal of processing all the girls’ and boys’ basketball photos I had taken (includes A and B teams for both seventh and eighth grade) and posting them to my photo website (susansternberg.smugmug.com). A BIG accomplishment for me given my sloooow Photoshop workflow.
• Did one load of laundry and even matched up all the socks (but what about all the unmatched socks still languishing sadly on the dryer? Definitely a get ’er done in the future!).
• Shopped at Kroger’s and snagged the cornflakes (although they were the generic Kroger’s brand; the Mister said they tasted good, thankfully) as well as a few other items, most of them healthy.
• Watched “Oprah.” I liked what she had to say about having a balanced life. I also see my weight go in the wrong direction when my life gets out of whack.
• I planned the week’s meals to the best of my woeful cooking ability. The Mister and son #2 liked the barbecued pork that I baked for them; picky son #1 didn’t and mostly ate only his white rice and barbecue sauce (oy!) and biscuit with grape jelly.

Now on to today! Here’s what’s on the get ’er done menu:
• Redo the custom header in Photoshop because I don’t like how small the type is on the header that comes with this theme.
• Research wide-angle zoom lenses for my cousin Andi, who is a novice Nikon D300 user (she bought one, took it to Africa on a safari, and it looks like she took fabulous photos with it despite her inexperience using it).
• Pay the Discover and VISA bills online.
• Follow the Macworld expo keynote speech at 11 a.m. to see what Apple has in store for us Apple fans in 2009. I’m mostly interested in any changes (especially in price) to the MacBook, which will be my next purchase.
• Call Walmart to find out about their no-receipt exchange policy (son #1 desperately wants to know this information, not that he’s about to call and find out himself, of course; that’s what moms are for!).
• Work on getting rid of the clutter in the master bedroom. We’ve lived in our house for 12 years and haven’t painted or replaced the carpet in this bedroom. That builder’s-grade beige paint looks pretty faded. We can’t paint or replace the carpet until we clear out all the clutter, which includes our old (big!) entertainment center that used to live in the family room until it was replaced by a simple TV stand. The Mister, unfortunately, put it in our bedroom, and now all kinds of things have grown attached to it, none of which resembles a TV. So that, its attachments, and all kinds of miscellaneous items that haven’t seen the light of day outside of the boxes they reside in need to find another home or place.

I plan to concentrate on working on the bedroom for the next two days. Let’s see how much I get done!