Sunday, September 25, 2005

Still here!

I know I said I would blog from here, but for some reason, I´ve had a hard time getting connected to Blogspot. Anyway, I´m on it now.

This has been a very relaxing vacation. I only have two days left, and I don´t want to come home! I wish I would win the lottery and just be able to come here whenever I want and stay as long as I feel like. sigh. Wouldn´t everyone love to do that though? ;-) Well, only about 20 years left until retirement...

I did see some of the news about Hurricane Rita. I can´t believe those poor people from New Orleans! First they get evacuated to Houston, then they have to be evacuated from there! I think I read that they are somewhere in Arkansas now? And who knows when they will ever be able to go home? Or to what is left of their home. If I didn´t already have a more-than-full house, I´d offer one of my rooms to somebody.

Only four more named storms to go, and then we´ve used up the alphabet this year! I think they begin using the greek names of the alphabet letters afterwards if that happens, starting with alpha. That´s a lot of storms!

OK, I´ll be home Wednesday night. If I don´t procrastinate, maybe I can get some vacation pics up here by the weekend.


P.S. The entire Blogspot website is in spanish when I go to it from here. How funny! I´m going to exactly the same web address as I do from home.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Hola de Buenavista!

I´m enjoying a nice, leisurely vacation in Buenavista, Mexico. I arrived Tuesday with my sister. She leaves Sunday, and then I´ll be here until the 28th. I´m staying with my friend, Belo, and his family.

Yesterday/today is Independence Day. (It started at 11:00 last night). We saw some good fireworks last night, and a parade today. Now we´re going home for some drinks and snacks.

This is a very small town, so I´m forced to slow down my pace and relax. There isn´t much else to do.

I will be seeing the kids at the CAM school for other-abled children. They were in the parade today, but I´ll be visiting them at the school on Tuesday. I have some school supplies and books (Thanks Rick!) for the school, and I made each kid a little dental kit to take home, with toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash and some Certs.

I´ll report again in a few days.


Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pop-ups, pop-ups...

I think pop-up advertisements have to be the worst thing the internet ever created.

My kids downloaded a music-sharing program that has put so much adware and spyware on my computer that I was getting pop-ups when I wasn't even signed on to the internet! I have spent a week now trying to clean up my computer, and I still haven't undone all the damage.

Add to that the fact that this program is designed in such a way that you have to be a genius to figure out how to uninstall it. (well, maybe not a genius, because I finally got it uninstalled)

Even after uninstalling the program, I am still finding remnants of garbage it left on my computer every day. When this program is downloaded, it makes changes to your registry keys. I actually have to go into the registry now and edit it. If you know anything about computers, you know that this is a dangerous thing to do when you have only the limited computer knowledge that I have.

Moral of the story? Be very careful when downloading anything, especially if it is from a music-sharing program from a company with a name that has three A's in it.


Friday, September 09, 2005

A little story

I know it's been a long time since I wrote....big things going on, but I can't really say anything yet. I'll have to hold you in suspense for a little while longer.

Meantime though, here's a little story I heard last night. I was flipping the TV channels, and ended up listening to Mark Lowry, I guess he's a Christian comedian/singer. He was pretty funny, so I watched for a while, and here's a story I really liked.

He was living somewhere in Texas, and going through his first tornado. He was really scared, but he peeked out the window, and in a way it was kind of beautiful, the rain and the lightning and all. Even so, he closed up the curtain and huddled in a corner, certain he was going to die.

Of course, he didn't, or he wouldn't be telling this story. The next morning, all the regulars at the coffee shop were talking about the tornado, and he said "If I'd known I was going to live through it, I sure would have enjoyed it a lot more."

So, live your life that way. Smile, slow down, laugh a lot. You're going to live through it, so enjoy every moment.