a day at the beach

For my dad’s birthday party, my folks rented a cabin at the beach.  Saturday was the party and we saw gale-force winds (ok, not that strong, but darn close!) and thus we had to rethink party decorations since it was to be outside.  But Sunday proved to be simply marvelous with a high only in the low 90s — perfect for a dip in the Gulf of Mexico.  I have many, many childhood memories in that muddy, brown beach water, and we made a few more this weekend.  I was finally able to use my newest tech gadget, the scuba suit for my iPhone.  And I must say it worked like a champ.  (My only complaint was that when taking photos using the front camera, the photos were quite foggy-looking.)  What I liked the most was that it kept out not only salt water, but sand, seaweed, and unidentifiable floating objects and left my phone in tact!

Customized Cord & Plug

A few weeks ago, while on a picnic, I kept myself occupied by making my phone cord a bit more colorful.  We have quite a few cords floating around and I have on several occasions grabbed two (or none); but now there is no mistaking my cord (& plug) from anyone else.   I just used a little embroidery floss for the cord and some washi tape for the plug.  Easy-peasy.

a dropped call

I finally dropped my phone.  The one I don’t keep in a case.  Yeah.  It cracked, but lucky for me it was just the back.  I’ve been debating for too long on which case to call my own.  I really like these from Society6 through Urban Outfitters.  But I really, really like the idea of making my own, here.  The hard part is choosing which photo/artwork I would use.


Back from vacation.  It was a one-two punch of friends and family.  We spent the first five days with family in the mitten-shaped state, and the second half of our journey with friends in the finger-lakes region of New York.  (And if you watched the final episode of this season’s The Office, you know why we kept giggling every time we said “…we’re going on vacation to the Finger Lakes.”)  Anyway, much to my chagrin, we explored that area fairly thoroughly.  I had no idea it was so beautiful, lush, and “outdoorsy”.  We hiked, sat by (and under) multiple waterfalls, visited a museum, a winery, and enjoyed the beyond-perfect weather.  I must have taken over 250 photos in the parks alone.  It also didn’t help that our friends brought along their 10 month old baby — who is quite possibly the cutest baby of that age I’ve ever seen.  So the baby accounted for at least another 100 frames.  On our last day, last park to visit and last waterfall to stand in front of, my friend offered to take another obligatory photo of the hubs and I.  Upon snapping said photo, he looked at the screen to see if it turned out all right and an error message appeared instead.  He handed the camera to me and I thought, that’s weird.  Let’s try it again… but alas, you can start to feel my pain.  Something was wrong with the card and I could not access it or add any more to it.  We popped the card into their digital camera and we got nothing there either.  All hope was not lost… yet … as we still had the computer and three card readers to test out.  Once home, we put the card in our computer, but still nothing.  I tried it again in my camera — for what reason I do not know — and as I began to eject it, it did not come out smoothly.  But rather, a tiny fragment of the corner of the disk got snagged and produced indisputable evidence that the card indeed had been physically corrupted, a tiny crack in the housing.  But how in the world that happened — inside the camera — I have no idea!  So although most of my hope has now been shattered at ever recovering the 800+ photos on the card, we are still calling around for specialists to see if they might be able to recover a few.  I mean, come on, they can recover a lot more heavily damaged stuff on t.v.!  I need my own special forensic tech team, seriously!

But really there is nothing I can do about it now.  I have the memories I suppose.  But it still stings just a little…

See this image and many more that I did not take, here!

(I think I took this exact photo.  It’s unbelievable there, really.)


After calling all the local camera shops, we were directed to Wolf Camera and they said they could attempt to recover the disk for $40.  Ouch on the price tag, but worth it to get my photos back! (I wonder if I have to pay even if they don’t recover them… Hmmm?)

i’ll leave you with this thought…

Our Digital Crisis – Jonathan Harris

The Internet is causing mass homogenization of human identity, making us all look the same.

We use the same tools and social networks, fitting into the same templates, designed by companies to maximize page views and profits (with some notable exceptions like Craigslist).

Most online experiences are made, like fast food, to be cheap, easy, and addictive: appealing to our hunger for connection but rarely serving up nourishment. Shrink-wrapped junk food experiences are handed to us for free by social media companies, and we swallow them up eagerly, like kids given buckets of candy with ads on all the wrappers.

Read the rest of the article here.

{Thank you Swissmiss}