10. May 2017 · 2 comments · Categories: 10 Things, Blog

About once a year, I take a quick gander through the spam comments that Aksimet has caught on my blog. It does a really good job, and spam almost never gets through. Occasionally, a real comment will get spammed. That’s why I take a peek now and then to see if I’ve missed anything. If I were the gullible type, I might learn a thing or two from the comments that hit my blog. Such as:

  1. I have the best blog ever written anywhere on the internet!
  2. Many, many people have unbeatable prices on all sorts of anatomical medication, including cialis, viagra and celebrex.
  3. I could buy fake passports for any country in the world.
  4. I could buy replica Rolex watches.
  5. Some people think I can help them figure out their own blog and browser problems.
  6. Some people want to share my blog on their Facebook page.
  7. I actually helped someone with their university paper.
  8. Lots of people make lots of typos. Some even let their cats type for them.
  9. Some people apparently think I’m a man.
  10. Here’s the most unusual (and my favorite) one: “The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn’t disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought you’d have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you weren’t too busy looking for attention.”

Does anyone actually fall for this type of garbage? They must or it wouldn’t continue to be so prevalent.

For the most part, my weeks are spent going to work Monday through Friday, puttering around the house on Saturday, going to church on Sunday, and maybe doing a little shopping here and there. Not really the exciting stuff that blog entries are made of.¬† But I do enjoy going back through my record of each year and seeing what highlights (or lowlights) and memories were captured here, so I know I need to try to be more disciplined about writing from time to time. Facebook is great for jotting down a status update, or posting pictures, and especially for keeping up socially with friends and family, but it’s not the best long term journal of my life. I’ve always been aware of who reads my blog and I sub-consciously write for them. I know most of my readers are family, with a couple of friends who stop by from time to time. That said, I find myself not posting redundant items that I think everyone already knows or would not be interested in. But that means I don’t really capture all the things in my life that I would love to reread years from now. So I’m going to try to change that and post more often, even if it means some of it might be stuff¬† my readers don’t care about.

So those are my random thoughts for today. Here are my random updates.

I turned 60 this year, and that means I get the senior discount at the movies. Yay!

I love my new iPad. I had a bit of trouble with it staying connected to wifi at first, and then read that some customers reported a defect. So I returned it to the Apple store and they quickly and gladly exchanged it for another one. This one has been much more consistent with wifi connection, but I still have to reboot it nearly every day. I’m not sure if it is another defective one, or if my wifi is to blame. As long as I can get a connection after a quick reboot, I’ll probably keep it. I took it with me to Boise and enabled the Verizon data plan for the first time. I wanted to be able to use it in the airport, and wherever I was if there was not a strong wifi signal available (like in the guest bedroom at Robin & Ken’s). I bought the smallest plan and within 3 days had burned through over half my allotment. So I turned it off while at the house and turned it on again when I headed to the airport. I’m glad to have the data option, but there will be no streaming video unless I want to pay the big bucks.


Mom had a stroke on April 14. She was admitted to the hospital on the 16th (after it was initially misdiagnosed and she was sent home). She spent three days in the stroke ward, before being moved to the Rhodes Stroke Rehab Center, where she worked hard and regained about 70% of the use of her right hand and leg.

Excruciating pain in her shoulder slowed down her progress after a while, and also prevented her from being able to sit at her computer. So for Mother’s Day, we siblings chipped in and bought her an iPad that she could use in her recliner to read Facebook, blogs, email, and play games. She has taken to it fabulously, and is definitely proving once again that she is “Techno-Granny”.

Brian and Carrie remodeled their pool this spring. It had been a deep diving pool with a very small shallow end, and that was not working out well for taking kids, especially Lauren, into the pool. So they redesigned it into a play pool with larger shallow sections on each end, an (optional) net in the center for volleyball, and a nice alcove under a slide and waterfall. It’s beautiful, and they are enjoying it a lot more now.

We had a beautiful spring and I enjoyed walking outside on my lunch hour near my office. But one day as I was leaving, a big thunderstorm kicked up, signaling the monsoons were imminent. My outside walks have transitioned to an indoor step workout until fall weather brings the temps back down into the 70s.

Andrew turned a big three years old this month, and there was a pizza party on Friday night to celebrate. And of course, there was cake! And balloons!

And there you have it, some random updates.

16. May 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: Blog

I recently upgraded to WordPress 3.1 and since then, my insert picture into post feature won’t work. I was going to post gory pictures of my foot before and after neuroma surgery, but until this is fixed, you all will have to wait. Anyone else experiencing problems with this?

I’ve received a couple of citations, so I guess it’s time to put down some “random thoughts and updates”. It’s not like I haven’t been working at the computer at all for the past few weeks. I’ve been busy typing my recipes. I have 44 pages, and now I’m trying to figure out how to post them on my website.

I’ve also been in minor mourning. The Wildcats have turned into a great frustration this last week. They better beat UCLA today if they want to hang onto any appealing ranking. I’ve read blogs and comments and articles touting both the positives and negatives of their recent play and future potential, so I’ll just wait and see. And keep cheering. Go ‘Cats!

My job is going well. I like Marvell. The perks and benefits are as good as Intel’s, except for a couple of things. One gal found out this week they don’t pay your salary while you are out on jury duty. She said she will feign prejudice when being questioned so she doesn’t end up on a long trial. Have I mentioned we have lost three mask designers back to Intel? I still can’t figure out why people are so eager to leave Marvell and go back to the company that sold them, especially when Intel is not through cutting headcount.

I had a nasty cold right after Thanksgiving, and during a violent coughing fit, I caused either pleurisy or a broken rib. It’s been almost 7 weeks, and still hurts to sneeze.

As a closer, I have to mention the weather. It’s cold and rainy here. But it makes me feel cozy. Every evening, I start a fire in the fireplace, light a bunch of candles, turn the lights down low, curl up with my favorite TV shows (American Idol, Gilmore Girls, Lost, Ugly Betty, House, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes, …) and watch until time to go to bed under my new snuggly down comforter. You can’t do that when the weather is 115 outside!

13. June 2006 · Comments Off on Lauren’s new blog · Categories: Blog, Life & Family

We’ve updated Lauren’s website. Daryl moved it from the host who had been donating server space since before her transplant, and now it’s hosted on the Vondek server. He installed a WordPress blog and Gallery while he was at it, and I added pages and links and a pink theme. Now Brian and Carrie can post entries and upload pictures much more easily (we always had to have Daryl post them to the old site and it was a real pain for him because of the program they had used.) Lots of friends and relatives still follow Lauren’s progress online, so it’s nice to keep it up and also to read the guestbook entries. Now people can set a live bookmark or an RSS feed, and can leave comments instead of signing the guestbook. I suppose over the years, this may gravitate to more of a family blog, but for now, it’s mostly about Lauren.

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