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Monday, May 29, 2006
tech

Trying to embed a movie. If it doesn't work, click here.

Kelly • 10:31 AM • (2) Comments
Saturday, May 27, 2006
tech

Yesterday we took a trip to Best Buy over lunch. I came out with a new internal 250GB hard drive (I probably needed to do that anyway as I had about 10% free on the old one) and a 500GB external drive.

By the time I got home, Chris had installed Tiger on the new hard drive, had done all the updates, and had moved the old hard drive down.

I was able to copy all the preferences and files over from my other hard drive, so now it's just a matter of re-installing fresh copies of all the applications.

Kelly • 08:38 AM • (1) Comments
Friday, May 26, 2006
tech

I had hoped to have posted pictures from last weekends wedding by now, but instead I've been trying to save the pictures from last weekend. And the weekend before, and well, for the last 6 years.

After a routine security update and other patches were downloaded and installed, I rebooted, launched a few applications and began replying to an e-mail message. After the first word was typed, nothing else could be typed as an error message stating the dictionary could not be accessed would pop up. Okay, this seems a little odd. So I quit Mail and tried to relaunch, it wouldn't relaunch, hmmm, time to re-boot. Only problem, it wouldn't reboot!

So as it's sitting there at the start-up screen for minutes on end, the fan getting louder and louder, I call in the husband (aka: the man who can fix all computer problems). We pull the plug and try it again. Same thing. He deduces I might have had a hard drive failure. Panic sets in. So 2000-2005 have been archived to CD or DVD, but what about 2006? All my zoo pictures (see below) gone? The wedding pictures, gone? Why oh why do I delete the card upon downloading the pictures to the computer.

We found this nifty little thing on Apple's website, if you enter the serial number, it lets you see how much longer your warranty is good for. July 2006, phew, we're still covered under warranty. So I call Apple tech support. Hmmm, you only get 90 days free tech support unless you buy the extended Apple Care warranty. Hardware is covered for a year, but only 90 days of support. The guy I spoke to was nice enough to help me locate the support articles on the website that would walk me (us) through a few trouble shooting steps without paying him $50 to solve the problem. I seriously thought about buying the apple care. I still might as I'm not planning on getting rid of the computer any time soon.

So we did the basic running disk utility type things, then we figured out how to see the boot-up log instead of the spinning rainbow disk. Which is how we found that it was hanging on not being able to find the root user. Chris tried to work some magic, but was unable to fix it.

Since it looks like the easiest, best thing to do at this point is to rebuild the drive from scratch, the next step was figuring out how to get the data off. After some brainstorming, I said too bad it wasn't a laptop and we could boot it into target disk mode. Well, we decided to try it, and sure enough target disk mode worked.

Copying 120 GB of data is a daunting process. The current set up is my G5 desktop in target disk mode connected to my G4 iBook via firewire. And Chris' external USB 2.0 hard drive also connected to my iBook. Little by little I've been copying parts of the G5 hard drive to the external hard drive through my iBook. A relief. As long as I copy the pertinent files, I won't loose any data. However, both my macs have been tied up for 2 days in the copying process (start one set in the morning as I'm leaving for work and one in the evening and then I forget about it).

This weekend's project: making sure all my data is off the G5 hard drive and rebuilding the G5. Fun!

Moral of the story: Make sure your data is backed up!

Kelly • 09:30 AM • (1) Comments
Monday, May 22, 2006

This weekend we were in Cincinnati for Chris' cousin's wedding. We arrived on Friday morning and spent Friday afternoon at the Cincinnati Zoo. Here are some of my favorite photos:

Kelly • 10:30 PM • (4) Comments
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
dogsagilityplay

How cute is he? Cooling off after a run on Saturday.

The action shots are from Kerry and Russll of K & R Photography

Kelly • 10:19 AM • (2) Comments
Sunday, May 14, 2006
dogsagility

Cisco and I spent Saturday and Sunday at TAG's USDAA Agility Trial. Cisco qualified but did not place in pairs coming home with his third pairs leg. He also qualified in Snooker for his first leg coming in 3rd.

These successful runs were Saturday afternoon. We had two wild runs Saturday morning, and three some what wild runs today. We would have qualified in jumpers today, but since Cisco insisted on running around a few jumps before going over them, we were a few seconds over time. Oh well, next time.

Kerry and Russell of K & R Photography took pictures of today's runs. Hopefully they got some good shots.

Kelly • 10:34 PM • (2) Comments
Thursday, May 11, 2006
life

I'm going to be participating in a 12 week fitness challenge begining May 15th.

Here's the gist of what I have to do. Wish me luck!

  1. Keep a food diary. This is so helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Do 30 minutes of cardio at least 3 times weekly
  3. Do 30 minutes of resistance training (training with weights) at least two times weekly.
  4. Do 30 minutes of stretching/yoga/flexibility work at least once weekly in addition to the exercise requirements.
  5. Keep track of points. (point system detailed in other documents).
  6. Put up some $$$. If you drop out of the challenge, your check gets sent to the charity.
  7. Maintain a healthy diet.
  8. Submit points and weight loss (-pounds and -% Body fat) weekly, and inches lost monthly.
  9. Set a particular and specific fitness goal to be able to complete by the end of the challenge.
Kelly • 09:51 AM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
random
  1. I hate my job. Which is not surprising. I haven't liked a lot of the jobs I've had. The ones I have liked have all had some event happen that forced me to leave or start looking. My jobs have been like bad relationships. You know how people get into a cycle of one horrible, not good for them guy after another and can't see that these aren't the kind of people they should be around? That seems to be me with my jobs.
  2. I have this great idea. For a web portal site that could be quite useful. But I think if it was to ever be implemented, I'd need to write a business plan, get a business loan, work on it full time and hire people to work on it with me. That makes it quite overwhelming and it will probably never happen.
  3. I had so much fun taking pictures of John. I took about 160 pictures at Gold Cup. Probably about half of them were of John. Now I see why my friend Kerry loves taking photos of kids.
  4. I had a great birthday. My husband who's not supposed to get my any presents this year 'cause I got awesome earings on our cruise last December surprised me with flowers and a card, and a 1GB compact flash card for the camera that I mentioned I wanted and a new alarm clock (I've been looking on and off for like 5 years for something smaller and less complicated). I got some beautiful flowers from my inlaws and my friend Deb surprised me with three agility books, which was so thoughtful of her. My mom even managed to time the arriving of a card to actually get here on my birthday.
  5. Today is Kathy's birthday. So happy birthday Kathy!
Kelly • 10:13 AM • (1) Comments
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
life

30

Yup, today I'm the big 3-0. Don't feel any different. I did have an awesome party on Sunday to celebrate. I think I need to turn 30 every year just to have a party!

Kelly • 10:01 AM • (1) Comments
Saturday, May 06, 2006
playphotography

This blog as been lacking in the picture department lately. Here are some photos from the VA Gold Cup we went to today with some of our friends. Starting with the traffic jam to get in.

Kelly • 07:10 PM • (3) Comments
Friday, May 05, 2006
workrandom

I'm thinking I need to have this tatooed across my forhead.

I am so sick of the e-mails: open a ticket that says XYZ. I would have taken THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME to open a ticket as it did to send the e-mail.

Please coordinate a meeting with everyone listed on this e-mail to discuss blah. It would HAVE TAKEN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME to send a meeting notice as it took to send the e-mail to everyone asking me to invite them to a meeting.

Please write an e-mail saying XYZ for so and so to send out. Ummm, if you know what the e-mail should say then you or so and so should write the e-mail not me.

Please add this to the contacts. Why didn't you just add it to the contacts INSEAD OF E-MAILING ME TO DO IT?!?!?!?

T.G.I.F.

Kelly • 04:13 PM • (1) Comments
familyrandom

This hasn't been a good week for pets in my family. My cousin Sue and her husband Mike lost Fuzz Ball yesterday.

Kelly • 03:18 PM • (1) Comments
blog

This blog will be moving over the weekend. You will be able to find it either at

I haven't decided. If anyone has any thoughts, let me know.

Kelly • 10:13 AM • (1) Comments
dogsfamily

My cousin Chris and her husband John had to send Rascal to the Rainbow Bridge the other night.

Guys, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Kelly • 10:06 AM • (1) Comments
Monday, May 01, 2006
randomlife

It's nice to have those on occassion. Okay, so it wasn't really uneventful, it was just low-key compared to what May has in store for us.

Saturday I did some work on a website and we went shopping for my birthday bbq. Nothing too exciting just some hamburgers, chicken, and beer from Costco. I asked Chris if it was bad luck to have a 30th birthday party before I actually turn 30. Maybe my 30th year will be a bad one or what if I don't even make it to 30? Nothing like being superstitious.

Well, the bbq is this weekend and I won't actually turn 30 until Tuesday. Hopefully I'll still have a good 30th year. This was the only weekend this month though that there was time for a celebration. And for once we're not celebrating my birthday the same weekend as Mother's Day! Not that that's really a bad thing, but last year, we never did get around to my birthday dinner. Oh well.

Sunday morning I had a private agility lesson with Cisco and Berkley. I'm really liking private lessons, you get so much more feedback that is specific to you and your dog(s). Cisco, Berkley and I were run ragged. They took naps when we got home. I watched the LOST recap (now I at least have some idea what the show is about) and then Chris and I went out to West Virginia to see my parents' new house.

Kelly • 05:52 PM • (3) Comments