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October 2014

Twitch, Iphone, YouTube, PC – Aw****!!

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I did not have a good combination of options last night. I am not a tech-noobie, but boy did I do a noob justice last night. The picture on the left above is just before a moment where I was laughing my ass off. (I can say ass right?)Anyways… Yes, I did have to go and replay it a few times. It was good for giggles. 😀

One of those can I do this moments followed after that.

Can I get this converted to YouTube?

Wait do I even have the right software….

Followed by a search of can I even find the footage? (Footage is there. Just have a glitch in the original recording. But the audio….)

So back to my quest for the search, yes the software is there, yes the Iphone works… wait Iphone needs to update. Update started at 10:02 pm. The little blue bar is not moving… Still not moving after I patiently read part of a book.

Still hasn’t moved. A clue?

At midnight I decided to go to sleep update was not done. Up at 2:30 the OCD in me could not handle the fact that the weather made the WIFI wonky and the update was NOT done. Aaaaaaahhhhh!!

Click on Apple exit, will stop the update. Must restore phone. Restore phone? Huh??  Okay restoration of phone. Requires a computer restart (by then I had all the USB connections screwed up between the assorted portable hardware.)

And restarting the computer gets me this little square blue box.  WTF? Okay, the USB ports got all screwed up. Restart the computer, again. By now I am beating my head against the pillows, the house is cold and dark and I really cannot make a lot of noise.

Its three o’clock in the morning, a sane person would have went to sleep. But the phone is my alarm clock, I am addicted to IG and I have to, have to, have to have it available on Halloween. Did I mention I have to?

Computer and Apple do not even recognize the fact that the Iphone exists. Iphone doesn’t even recognize itself.  I’z a litte perturbed. Now this is running the fact that I got maybe 3 hours sleep the night before? Yah, not impressed.  So, okay I get the phone restarted and figured out. I now need the password to the household WIFI.

I live in a house of people where nothing is ever put back where it belongs. For example:

The pamphlet from the cable company containing the passcode is not in the little red box or the bag of cable stuff. Both logical places to find it.

The Motrin for my niece, who has since woken up with a fever, is not in the medicine cabinet, on the rec-room table or in the kitchen.

My keys are not on the hook.

At this point, priorities get rearranged and I run to the 7-Eleven in my minion jammie bottoms and grab Motrin, 2 Dr. Peppers and a few of those little silver dollar beef jerkies. I felt better after those.

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Okay everything delivered. A little bit of food and some caffeine. Somewhere in the mess of electronics I own there is the password. Quick search through the computer – no go. Kindle, Ipad, well the Iphone is out. It’s what wanted the password in the first place.

Back to the computer:

Network and Sharing Center – click

Wireless Network Connection Center – click (I’m starting to feel smarter)

Wireless properties !! (Small celebration)

Securities. –click At this time I have one of those palm to forehead moments. I mean why didn’t I go here before? I am really not this tech-illiterate. Has to be the lack of sleep.

Okay, passcode entered _ Restoration will take 12 minutes.

20 minutes later (remember the phone said 12? And the internet has been wonky?) the phone is up and restoring back to the other night and it is now a half hour wait for all of the apps to reload. I might just have too many apps.

By this time it’s 5 in the morning. There is no reason to go to bed as I have to get up at 5 to get ready to go to work.

I am now at point A, again. I have the weekend, I think, to get the vid figured out. Maybe…

I’d would say my Halloween started out with a little bit of a trick. And I think I’ll wait to upload the software upgrade for another day.

However the greatest thing? The computer and the Iphone now both recognize that it is there.

Coffee is now a requirement to function. I hope everyone has a great Halloween (if you celebrate) and if you don’t, Have an awesome Friday!

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Groceries – NOW out!!

Groceries has now been released on Amazon

Groceries Final cover

Moving into a new neighborhood Declan didn’t expect to become attracted to the young man down the road. Yet he does.
Anthony didn’t expect to find a knight in shining armor on his front lawn when he needed him most.
Dogs, fraud, and groceries. Who knew a cop would fall in love with a quiet man?

Follower Etiquette

I have come to the conclusion with little input from others that I really do not know what a “Follower’s Etiquette” entails.

Have you come across someone you follow and you enjoy following them, but they seem to have disappeared?

Now in this day and age where so many physical boundaries are breached by the internet, what is the proper way to ask if they are okay?

That to me is the question of the day. How does one say ‘Hey everything all right?” knowing that you are virtual strangers and that how someone appears online/in text is not always who they wholly are. But that it is a faucet of them that you get to see. Sometimes it is the best, and sometimes it is the tip of the iceberg.

Can people get to know each other via electronics? While I would not consider this friend, a strong acquaintance is not the strongest word either. Can chat reveal a person to another.

In this day and age, is it safer to just wait. To say “Hey, I thought about you the other day” when they show back up.

The same could be said for distant friends, distance making it hard to hunt them down. To make sure they are okay.

And this could just be me. I’ve been this way forever. There are just some people some faces you come to rely on to improve your day. Hoping that in someway you in turn provide some inspiration to them or someone else down the road.

But at what point is too much, too much? I am afraid I do not know. Etiquette was never my strong suit, I have been the bull in the china shop barging in. With a gruff attitude, and an offbeat humor that does not translate well in person let alone on the internet I can be off-putting.

There is the key point, am I wondering because I am being my true nosy need to know everyone’s business but my own self? Or am I truly hoping everything is okay? In this case, I can say a little of both. I do hope that all is well and that it truly is a case of life just running its course and things happen.

Then if that is the case, updates are needed.

Oh, that is so the pot calling the kettle. I am now making myself laugh. I myself have been known in moments of frustration to just disappear off  the internet. So I guess in a way karma has come back to show me that it is a let down to followers to just disappear and not say ‘Hey, I am taking a momentary hiatus”.

at the same time to remember, in life’s disappointments to come back, come to where like minds are. Where people have experienced the same life choices and let downs or up lifts. While I now have answered some of my previous questions, I still do not know if it is appropriate to ask, “are you okay?”

Share Your World – 2014 Week 43 (week 4 for me)

Another week with Share your World – Here’s the questions and my answers below. 😀

What is your favorite time of day?

First thing in the morning when no one has woken up. It’s quiet and I have some peace before I have to pretend to be human. Now it’s starting to get dark so I can take a few minutes to snuggle down and think about what needs to be accomplished for the day.

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

Honestly I don’t have one. Sadly what interaction I have had with charities does not leave me with much faith in them. Because of circumstances I really am not wanting to say which charities because they are good organizations.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

If I could get away with it and the timing was right: in bed listening to my favorite gaming stream on Twitch and reading or writing with a good cup of tea. Right now it’s not raining, and I actually am sitting and writing. I got a few minutes in my day for me. Off to do the parent thing, conferences you know.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

I prefer a pen. I always smudge the pencil and I have learned 5 years down the road that pen preserves, pencil not so much.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week… well I am grateful. I just had a good time Friday afternoon and learned somethings I didn’t know before. This week? The half hour I have to listen to good music today. Tomorrow? Going to work. Work is a good place to be.

A quick thank you

Just a really quick thank you to all of my followers.  I do appreciate the time you take to follow my blog and read my posts.

I will be releasing Groceries on the 30th this week (Thursday) through Amazon. I hope you will take time to read it. It’s a quick read, spawned  off of a submission that life prevented me from making. I will make the next one.

Looking forward I will be delving back into the world post-world war iii with the start of NaNoWriMo, and I will continue with the “Share your world” Monday’s hosted by Cee.

I look forward to reading posts by all of you. Please have a wonderful week and a safe Halloween (if you celebrate it).

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