Friday, December 6, 2013

Prevent photos from being deleted by kids

So we love our photos. We try do the safe thing by backing up our photos to the cloud or external hard drives. But there's a problem with this strategy. What if my 4 year old deletes a folder (or many) of photos? I will likely not catch the problem by the time of my next backup, so I'll transfer the deletion of the files/folder to the backup, and they'll be gone forever.

The solution? This ghetto little program called Easy File Locker: It works beautifully. Files remain viewable, but they cannot be moved or deleted or changed without entering into the easy file locker interface and entering your password to temporarily remove the restriction. There is little/no documentation, but there is a short Youtube video on the instructions.

So maybe that will help someone after I spent the last 60 minutes (and hours over the past few years) trying to find a solution to my problem. Conventional windows security settings didn't work for our setup.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bidet magic

When living in Chile, I had an apartment that had a bidet. It was magical. Fast forward a decade (and change), we bought a cheap and simple version that can be installed on any toilet. It makes the life of a parent much easier.

But don't take my word alone for it, others seem to like it a bunch too:

Monday, September 23, 2013

There are a bunch of new posts on our blog

I'm working on catching up on all my blogging, so I tend to post in waves.  I posted a few today, so if you're interested in what we did four months ago, hop on over to our blog:  :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Listen to Your Mother

Back in May my awesome neighbor and friend heard about the Listen to your Mother series and was inspired by it and wanted to do our own little Listen to Your Mother show here in Columbus, with some people from our ward writing and reading.  (So, in case you didn't click on the link, Listen to Your Mother is a performance done in cities all around the country where people read essays that they've written on motherhood--any aspect of motherhood.)  I haven't written something other than a blog post (which let's be honest, doesn't really count as writing in my case, as its usually just describing pictures) since college, so I was excited and nervous to give it a try (especially with all these brilliant and awesome women writing with me!).  But as I sat down to write my essay, it was just so wonderful and amazing to me to reflect on motherhood and what a true gift it is.  And so while mine was not the most eloquently written, I sure did put a lot of heart into it.  And I was happy with the finished product.

As a side note, the night we read our essays to each other was the night I broke my elbow and I wouldn't let Brian take me to the hospital until after I'd gone to this beautiful evening of essays.  And it was a beautiful evening...I left feeling so touched. 

If you love reading essays about motherhood from people you've never met, my friend wrote a great one on breastfeeding and posted it on her blog here and another friend wrote a touching one one discovering what love is and posted it on her blog here.  Another of my friend's wrote a great one on the magic of reading to your children, but she hasn't posted it on her blog yet.  I'll update this when she does.  And, here's a link to my favorite one from the Listen to Your Mother blog. It is so funny.  It gets me every time.  :)

Anyway, here's my essay.  I titled it: "Moments".

Some days are hard.

(Let’s be honest: most days are hard.)

Like the day I went in to check on my napping daughter and discovered that she had decorated her body, bedspread, carpet, and walls of her room with poop, unwashable purple marker, and diaper rash cream.

Or the time that I woke up in the middle of the night by my crying son and when I went to check on him, discovered that his diaper had blown out, because I had a handful of poop…on my bare hands.  And the power had gone out, so it was pitch black.  I had a crying baby, a handful of poop, a diaper to change, two kids that I was trying not to wake up in the same room, and I couldn’t see anything.

Or the day my daughter chose to climb on the table, even though she wasn’t supposed to, and when I went to get her off, she knocked a chair on my foot, sending me to the emergency room.

Or the day I was editing a speech to give on motherhood, while recovering from a massive migraine headache, and my kids wouldn’t stop screaming, and then I fell down the stairs and broke my elbow… J

Yes. Some days are hard.  Now that my kids are getting older, I’m discovering the hard days when my children can’t stand me or each other. When nothing is fair. When I have four children demanding my attention and dinner burning on the stove and a house that’s so disorganized you risk your life walking across the floor.  And I just want to scream and cry and hide in my bed for a day..or a year!!

But…there are moments.  Oh there are moments so sweet I can hardly think of them without tearing up.  There are moments so funny (for no reason at all) they can always make me smile. There are moments so happy that I can hardly contain the emotions inside of me and I usually burst out yelling, “I LOVE THIS FAMILY!!!!

These moments are what I live for. These moments remind me that I have the best. Job. Ever.

 Some moments are every day moments:
When my sweet baby wakes up from her nap and I walk into the room and her face lights up and I know that I am her favorite person in the world.
When I sit on the couch and my children snuggle right up next to me and we read and read and read and they beg me not to stop.
When my two year old yells, “hug and kiss!” and gives me the sweetest little hugs and kisses.
When my daughter and I play a game of cards together and she talks to me about her hopes and dreams…her worries and fears.
When I wake up to a special note slid under my door or go to sleep and find one under my pillow.
When one of my children takes my hand as we’re walking along.
Any time I hear my children sing.
Or any time one of those sweet voices tells me that they love me.

Some moments come from activities we do as a family:
When we go camping or hiking and we skip rocks and play in waterfalls and creeks and enjoy nature together.
When we have dance parties and bust out our sweet (and not so sweet) dance moves.
When we cheer each other on in whatever we’re doing, from soccer to final exams to learning how to ride a bike.
When my kids play nicely together and I see what good friends they are.
When we stay up late and catch fireflies, or talk and giggle, or read one more chapter in a book, or just enjoy being together.

Oh those moments!! An apostle in my church, Elder M. Russell Ballard, once declared, “The joy of motherhood comes in moments.” I remind myself of that every day.

When no one likes dinner, when the laundry has been sitting in its baskets for more than a week (or two) waiting to be folded, when everyone’s fighting, when no one’s going to sleep at night, when no one wants to listen, when I get woken up at five in the morning for the sixth year in a row, when my child screams bloody murder in the middle of the night because her Care Bear  is on the floor…..when I discover that poop has leaked from a diaper all over my entire house…I remember those moments.
Those moments are what I live for.  And they definitely make life worth living.

Yes, life is hard.  Every day.  But within each day are moments that remind me what a divine calling motherhood is and what a gift I have been given to have such wonderful, hard days.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Digg Reader is better than Feedly as a replacement to Google Reader

So the death of google reader was one of the saddest days of my life. My brother says that it's a sign of the times as RSS feeds are now old school and that Twitter is new school. Well, #ithinktwitterisconfusingandannyoning##&#*((

I joined Feedly because it was recommended as a good alternative. But I got annoyed with the weird alien icon guy asking me for money and taking up screen space. So I switched to I love it.

To export your Feedly list of blogs click here:

It is easy to import this OPML file to digg reader.

Watch this youtube video

In one of my classes today, a very productive young faculty member recommended this video. It's an hour long video and I loved every minute of it.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

There are a million new posts on our blog.

So, if you're at all interested in what we have been doing the last three months, feel free to swing on by and find out:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Test post - Please ignore!

(Our Stake is doing a fundraiser and I'm figuring out the implementation of paypal payments)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Tiffany is 30! (with pictures fixed)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Chrome Web Store - Chrome Remote Desktop

So I came across this remote login app today designed by Google.  You install it through a chrome browser by googling "Chrome Web Store - Chrome Remote Desktop" and installing it both on the computer you want to share and the computer you want to control from.

The setup takes 1 minute.

We have beefy computers on campus, and I learned today that I can steer them from anywhere in the world using a 2-year old netbook, a 10 year old computer, or a cell phone, for that matter.

It seems like all the computing that anyone needs any more is a decent desktop and then a chromebook/netbook to connect to it.  I can run Excel remotely seamlessly remotely.  I can stream video (i.e. youtube or whatever) remotely seamlessly.  I can crunch through terabytes of data remotely using SAS and STATA, just as if I were in front of my office machine.  It's truly an incredible experience.

Anyway, I came across that today and thought I'd pass it along.  I am kicking myself big time for not utilizing this technology earlier; it would have saved me many unnecessary trips to campus to debug a program (add a missing semi-colon) to something that is supposed to run for days on end.