Friday, March 29, 2013

Oo whats this! I have a blog? Where did I put my blog?

Well, I am hanging my head in shame. I forgot about this blog - life took over and I became so busy with other things like travel, school, cleaning out the house, and 'stuff' that I totally forgot to post and subsequently, forgot this blog.

Yay for do-overs! Just like today is "Good Friday" and a representation of forgiveness, love and sacrifice given by God, and a chance to "do-over" our commitment to Him, I am thankful that I can just pick up where I left off but with renewed faith, and begin again.

So, on my hiatus from Blogger, what have I been up to? Well, we cleaned out the house and got rid of a LOT of stuff. The problem is, when I look at the house again, it is just as full as it was before. So, next week is devoted to "Spring Cleaning" and again, I will purge the house of stuff that I don't need, want, like, wear, and use. Wish me luck!

In addition, school has taken up a good chunk of my time since Walden University had me back to two classes at a time. While regular brick and mortar students (going to a physical college address) might find this comical since they usually attend 4 or more classes a term, for this old lady, 2 was MORE than enough. I am back to one and it is keeping me busy but at least I have time for this blog. :D

Couple that with a maiden voyage trip to Arizona to meet up with my parents, school was a challenge. There were so many distractions flying by me as we went down roads that I often found myself gazing out the window or snapping pictures like crazy. Another challenge was my MiFi setup. I guess it sat too long in the coach because when I went to use it for an assignment and research, it worked half the time.
The first day we arrived in Benson, Arizona, my dad, Don and I headed to Tucson to the ATT store for a new one. We chose to upgrade and I am ever so glad we did. This new one works well and I rarely went without internet - except for the one time that my driver decided to NOT stop at the predesignated location and we were out in the middle of  podunk Arizona with nary a cell tower in range. I was in tears as this was the day to submit my first assignment for a class. That's up there with being late or calling in sick to your first day of work. <sigh> Nevertheless, the truckstop where we did stay, had good internet and I was able to "mooch" off of them.

We are now home and had a great trip with no major drama. We boondocked for a time (little over a week) and got a hands-on lesson on how our coach works, how much power we consume and what we could do and not do in terms of what appliances could run on the batteries (with solar panels) before we had to start the generator.

Home awaited us with over a months worth of mail. Ya know, it really amazes me how much PAPER comes into this house in a months time. All but about 13 pieces was junk mail. I will have to figure out how to get off those mailing lists so when we have the mail forwarded to us in the future, it won't be a pile of junk.

Well, that is about it. Except that another time consumer has entered my life. I have taken the plunge and bought a Mac laptop. Now, mind you, I have been a Windows based gal for years and have only touched a Mac maybe twice to "work on it" and a handful of times in various electronic stores, drooling over the latest in Apple mania.... so, now I am a proud but nervous owner of a Mac and it has been a learning curve to say the least. I have become that adult that calls their child and says "I cant figure out how to operate this thing! WHAT do I DO??!!!" to which she laughs and says "Mom, there are buttons on the the touch pad, you can't see them but they are there. Trust me..." and I try - lo and behold <enter Heavenly music> sure enough! There it is! The 'button' that has kept my progress at a stand still for nearly 2 hours of stress, frustration, panic, and wonderment (also several thoughts of taking the thing back and deeming it "broken!") I will keep you posted on my progress in that area; if I don't up and forget what I just said here.

Okay, so that is the big update (ha, ha, ha!) In April, Don has some cataract repair surgery to contend with and then in May we head to the Pacific Northwest for our yearly trek.

Until then or at least the next post, your forgetful wanderer.

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