Archive for September, 2011

Month-end wrap up

September 30th, 2011 2 comments

I have stacks of laundry to be done. I have one basket of clean towels to be folded. I have another basket of clothes that are folded already, just waiting to be put away. I have dishes to be washed in the sink. Instead of handling any of those, I’m sitting on the couch, catching up online, sipping a glass of wine. It’s been a good month. I want to savor looking back for a moment.

My husband had some time off. Time off equates to not making money, which can often be a bummer. However, this recent time off was welcomed. It meant some serious reconnecting time, in the form of a Stay-cation. Exploring our own city. Going for a bike ride on our new bikes. A relaxing, romantic evening at Arrington Vineyards was perhaps the best part of it all, though.

A very special Opry. I always love going to the Opry, but George Jones’ 80th birthday was fantastic. Definitely goes down in my book as one of the coolest Opry nights I’ve ever been blessed to attend.

My parents came to visit. This is the reason for my latest hiatus. I opted to enjoy my time with my parents, while also balancing some extra nights working downtown. I seriously have the best parents ever, and I so enjoy every time they visit. We didn’t do too much while they were here, keeping it low key. And honestly? I loved that… just chilling with my parents. Who needs to run around all the time and end up exhausted? Relax. Enjoy. Live in the moment.

Texas A&M officially joining the SEC. I, for one, am excited. I’m a little nervous that we’ll struggle a few years against our new opponents, but I am so happy we’re facing the challenge. Sure, I’ll miss many of the rivalries of the Big 12. I hope we can schedule some of them non-conference… at least every few years! But I’m excited for this new venture. I’m excited to have my Aggies come to town. I’m excited to have games shown more locally. I’m excited to see my team on the local news. I’m just… excited!

All the good comes with a little bad. I’ve been fighting allergies for the last few weeks, and my new laptop is having issues. Fingers crossed a friend can fix the later tonight. The allergies… will just probably hang around another month.

September… you felt like a long month. But you were a good one. Here’s hoping October is a good one, too!

Looking for a little technical help

September 29th, 2011 No comments

I’ve been very MIA this week on here, and I have good reason. My parents were in town, and I decided to unplug as much as possible while they were here.

As you possibly saw on my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday, Lightroom is in my hot little hands. JOY!!

Only, its not on my laptop. Because my 1.5 month old laptop decided to have the terrible twos and not load the program nor anything on CD/DVD. So, I come to my readers for some technical help. Here is what I posted to the HP forums looking for help there…

HP Pavilion g6-1b50us Notebook PC
Windows 7 64-bit

I’ve only had my laptop about a month and a half. To transfer items from my old laptop to the new one, I used the CD/DVD drive to copy items over. It worked beautifully at that time.

Tonight, I went to install a new program I just received. Its on CD-ROM. I placed it in the drive, it popped up with the “run or open” prompt. Pretty straight forward and normal. I clicked run/install and… the drive started making noises like it was either off balance or hung up or… something. After waiting much longer than it should have taken to read the disc, I just clicked the button to open the drive (and essentially cancel the install). No problem, the disc slowed like normal and the drive popped open.

Hmmm… So I did a reboot. Tried again. The run or open prompt came up. I canceled it this time, and went into the computer and right clicked the CD/DVD drive (where it showed the proper title of the disc) and clicked open. IT made the weird noises again and… nothing. I closed out the computer prompt, tried to open the drive again to stop it, and this time i had no luck. It just… sat there. So I ended up doing reboot.

Reboot. Got the disc out. Decided to try the disc in a different computer. Maybe I got a bad program. Nope. It worked like a charm, ready to install there.

I went BACK to my HP, tried the disc a third time. This time… nothing. No prompt. I went into Computer. No CD title in the CD drive. I clicked on it, and it started spinning (again making the weird hung up/off balance noise) and eventually came back saying there is no disc in the drive.

My various steps to fix things have included:

— making sure all the drivers, BIOS, etc. updates are installed. All are up to date.

— Did a system restore point a couple weeks back to see if that helped. No luck. Undid the restore point.

— Microsoft Fix-It thing. Couldn’t do anything because it would never read that there was a disc in the drive in the first place!

— Did HP System Troubleshooting. Same problem as the Microsoft Fix-It EXCEPT when I used a blank CD-R.

— Eventually did get it to also read a DVD-R disc. Seems willing to write to disc, but not read???

— Uninstalled the DVD/CD drive in Device Manager. Let it reinstall the drivers on its own.

— I’ve tried an audio CD, a video DVD, the program I am trying to install, and the blank discs. The only things it will read now if the blank discs. (And even then, it takes a few minutes to do that.)

In device manager, it is listed as “hp DVDRAM GT31L SATA CdRom Device.”

I’m at my wits end. ANY suggestions I’ve not tried?

Perhaps someone out there can help? Or do I just need to have it fixed under warranty? Or do I need to find a local IT person who can work their mojo on it for me? I prefer to fix it myself, if I can but I know I have limitations in my abilities. (If I didn’t, it would be fixed already, right??)


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Wordless Wednesday: Joy!!

September 28th, 2011 1 comment
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Weekly Winners (Sept. 19 – 24)

September 25th, 2011 4 comments

Weekly WinnersWeekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week. It is brought to you, me and everyone by the lovely Lotus, aka Sarcastic Mom. Visit her site and find all the participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Photos taken using my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


Well, I didn’t succeed in getting Lightroom this week. And somehow, its totally caused me to have less interest in taking pictures. So a limited selection this week…

313: Talented trio

Three talented songwriters and dear friends

315: Light bulb moment

Light bulb moment

317: ShockTop Pumpkin Wheat

Pumpkin Wheat

ShockTop Pumpkin Wheat

Bottle cap

ShockTop Pumpkin Wheat


318: Let me stamp you


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Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Woman in the maroon dress

September 24th, 2011 3 comments

Last night, I “worked the door” at the bar I work at downtown Nashville. That just means I checked IDs (GUH! 1990 = 21. I feel so OLD.) and attempted to beckon people in the door.

Knowing I would be the first face they’d see at the bar, I decided to take a little extra care in how I dressed versus my typical bartender outfit of tank top, jeans and comfy shoes. I wanted to present the bar well (and actually DID bring a few people in based on my appearance because, “you make this look like a respectable place!”) and beyond that my allergies have still been going nuts, and dressing nicer makes ME feel better and gives me drive to keep going.

Now, working the door isn’t my favorite job at the bar. I don’t mind it, but I’m not the best at yelling out to random people, “No cover! Live band! Come check us out!” I’m too much of a people watcher. I can easily sit for hours on end, just watching the people pass. And within that, I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting ahead of time which bar a person is going to want to enter based on their dress, attitude, etc.

And boy! Let me tell you… dress, attitude, etc. is all over the board sometimes. I love the diversity! TV can never give the entertainment or variety of just sitting back and watching others interact with each other and their surroundings.

It just so happened, a large group had just come out of the bar I was at, and they’d come to a stop in the middle of the alley. I looked down at my phone to check the time, when a maroon purse and gold-ish (not gaudy gold, but gold toned) heels caught my peripheral vision. I could tell a woman was trying to get around the group.

My head snapped up to look as this woman walked away. And I’ll be honest. I was mesmerized.

Walking away was an elegant, sophisticated and confident black woman. Without missing a beat, she slung her purse over her shoulder, and she walked with a stride that never faultered. Her maroon dress hugged her curves just right, showing off a perfect hourglass figure without a single piece of skin needlessly being revealed. Her tall heels complimented her toned legs. Her hair a perfect round halo around her head, which was held high.

It was a little like something you’d only see in a commercial.

I couldn’t stop staring in admiration. I knew nothing of this woman. I hadn’t even made eye contact with her. And yet everything about her screamed confidence. Nothing she wore was flashy. She had not gone out of her way to be noticed. It was just her confidence in herself that caught my attention. Her confidence in herself burned itself in my mind.

After crossing paths with hundreds of people tonight, as I left to go home it was that one woman and her confidence that continued to stick with me. It’s kind of like reading a dozen blogs in one day, but only bookmarking one. This woman has inspired me to want that kind of confidence just radiate out — in what I do and in how I present myself. Deep down, I’ve been looking for inspiration lately. I just never expected it to come to me as a woman in a maroon dress walking down an alley.

Fall: It’s all about the drinks

September 23rd, 2011 3 comments

Fall leavesWelcome to Fall!

My favorite season… a season of leaves changing colors, cooler temperatures, pumpkins, corn mazes, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday… I love Fall!

But you know what is one of my favorite things about Fall? The seasonal drinks.

There is a deep joy that comes from Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s like your favorite blanket. Your favorite pair of fluffy socks. Your favorite book to read over and over again. It’s like the trumpet that plays announcing the arrival of the new season.

Around the same time that the Pumpkin Spice Latte comes back to the world, the seasonal beers return to taps. The Fall seasonals are by far my favorites. Sam Adams Octoberfest has been a long-time favorite. This year, I’ve been introduced to ShockTop Pumpkin Wheat, which just might trump my love of the Octoberfest.

As temperatures cool, I find myself reaching for a late night cup of coffee or a cup of hot chocolate. Both usually with a pinch of cinnamon. And might or might not stock up on pumpkin spice coffee creamer for a quick at-home fix.

Its no wonder I gain weight in the Fall with all these awesome drinks tempting me! What are your favorite fall drinks??

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