Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thank you Internet

Holy crap, when I turned on my laptop--where I do EVERYTHING, including log on for work--I got this weird message "The User Profile Service failed the logon.  User Profile cannot be loaded."  It wouldn't let me past the log on screen.  I had a mini-freak out and then googled the error message on my iPhone.  It pulled up all these forum posts with fairly daunting instructions with one even warning that "one should be fairly handy with computers" to correct this, which I'd say I'm fairly UN-handy computer-wise beyond "reboot".  Had another mini-freak out.

Thankfully, I scrolled the search results and found this YouTube video:

Watching this video made it seem very doable and I recognized the steps that were outlined in a number of forum responses.  I totally followed the steps with my iPhone, not really knowing what I was doing and hoping I was doing the correct thing, and it totally worked.

So grateful for the internet and to those who post cool and helpful information and videos. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thank you Kentucky and UConn

Though I was really rooting for the Spartans to go all the way, I will gratefully take winning my March Madness pool this way. I had needed Florida and Wisconsin to lose to keep my lead and I was very pleasantly impressed to see UConn and Kentucky pull out their wins, respectively.

Because none of us were astute enough to see the Huskies or the Wildcats heading into the Championship game it was great to know I won this pool after the Final Four played out.

My sincere congratulations to Kentucky and UConn!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Back from the Dead

My poor blog.  It's been MONTHS, I know, and it had been a threadbare year to boot.  It's really wild how long it's taken me to feel unfoggy and get back in stride again.  I kind of didn't believe it when a friend said that when she lost her mother, it took her a year to get back to normal.  It's been over 6 months since my mom passed.  And I still ponder it.  And if you've been "lucky" to hear my stories, you know it's been a long number of years with the most intense culminating in the last few, with 2013 being quite the hands-on doozy.  Oddly, it was different when my dad passed away over 14 years ago.  Granted my daughter was born less than a month later, so I was incredibly occupied, but it wasn't nearly as crippling.  But yes, I ponder his life too at times.

Anyway there is a part of me that feel like Rip Van Winkle and I'm finally snapping out of an anesthetized fog.  Like I had been watching things happening and I'm finally able to react.  A few observations:

- Football season 2013 was utter POOP for me this year.  Totally bottomed out in the office pool and in my fantasy league.  In fact I was awarded the "Psychotherapist Award" in my fantasy league this season because "everyone felt better about themselves after playing my team".  Next season, I plan on being much more on top of it.  Plus I'm commissioner of my fantasy league and already implementing new rules already, like money upfront.  See? I'm getting back in the saddle with a vengeance.

- Psyched that Michigan State won the Rose Bowl and was hoping for a NCAA basketball championship as well, but alas, that didn't happen.  Now I'm stuck rooting for UConn, who beat Michigan State, to beat Florida to win my March Madness pool.  Go Huskies! (Ouch.)

- WHAT THE HECK happened to that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?!

- I am my heaviest non-pregnant weight.  I think I hit 170 and now around 164.  For reference, last year I was 153.  For another reference, my goal for the last couple of years has been to break 150.  Now I'm trying to break 160.  Yikes.  Yes I give myself slack that it had been a "rough year" but I'm ready to get back on track.

- I made the realization I am an old lady.  I know I had been heading in that direction when I would look at food labels to see how much FIBER was in a food versus looking at the fat and calories of my more (perceived) lithesome youth.  But I recently caught my first full episode of "Freaks and Geeks" and knew I wasn't even a kid in spirit because I totally side with the PARENTS in this show.  Seriously--Lindsay giving up the Academic Summit to follow the Grateful Dead for 2 weeks?!  AAAAIGGHHH!  I totally looked at my girl and said, "Isn't that ridiculous?!  AMIRITE?!"

- Really glad "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture.  Though I will also confess that one of other favorite movies of 2013 is "Battle of the Year"--the epic BOTY scene at the end is my fave.

Okay, I hope this is a good start for me to get back into my blog.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Most Epic of Splits

I think I have watched this video of Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split with Volvo trucks dozens of times at this point.

I don't know which I'm enamored most with: JCVD's awesome speech (which I will try to incorporate whenever I can while personalizing only the last line, "...the most epic...of pancakes), the fact that these guys are driving so evenly in REVERSE, or how much this darn Enya songs just works. I know everyone is wowed by the actual split but if you've seen any photos or movies of JCVD from the 90s (or the recent GoDaddy commercial) then you're already aware of his crazy gift with these splits.

Yes, I'm going to watch it again right now. Or buy a Volvo truck.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Back home

Made it back home just in time for the Michigan State-Nebraska game, aka, A House Divided:

Thanks to my brother-in-law who gave us our Christmas presents early (since my original MSU shirt got stolen by some jerk!) because Paul ended up wearing it when the Spartans kicked some Husker butt!

The girl's name up in lights:

The girl made Regional Honors Orchestra!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fun, fun, fun in NJ and NY

It wasn't all work in the Northeast for me--got to have a tasty meal at Olea with my friend Dean:

Who gave me some great music to listen to:

Coffee with my good friend Tom:

Who gifted me with a small snack for the plane ride:

And of course I loved this total CUTE time with these kiddos:

Pretty sure bath time is the cutest, especially when I imagine their words:

And I even was able to squeeze a little hug and some Blue Steel before I raced off to JFK.

Sweet way to end a visit, right?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Updates in NJ

After the burial for my mom's ashes in CA, we did a bit of work on her house.  We updated the color in the kitchen from yellow:

to this blue-gray.  It was really nice to see it all in one even color--whoever painted the kitchen the initial yellow did a terrible job.  We're talking painting on electrical outlets and using a different shade on a part of a wall--I'm guessing he was running low on paint and decided to stretch it with some primer?

Also thought it was a good idea to change out the locks.

Which was really quick and easy when replacing similar locks:

Voila!  Don't worry we got a silverish bottom lock to match this one:

Also got rid of this curtain:

And decided to go for the frosted glass look with contact paper:

Tada!  Light but a degree of privacy:

Also updated the cabinet handles (old one is on left, updated, simpler contemporary one that my sister picked out is on right):

And my biggest accomplishment--patching a hole and repainting this stained ceiling:

Downside--pushing the fridge aside to paint the wall behind and discover that the mouse-shaped dust ball is in fact, a mouse, albeit a dead and dessicated one.  I know, barf.

One of the better discoveries was finding this Willie Nelson CD among Mom's classical and opera CDs:

Definitely a surprise that put a smile on my face.