Archive for the ‘Hobbies’ Category

This Blog Has Moved

Filed under: Blogging — Amy @ 11:46 am

I’m taking a hiatus from the family blog posting and just sticking to writing my own.  If you’d like, please visit me over at http://goaskyourdad.com.

Facebook “Import Feed” Fail

Filed under: Blogging,Teh Internets — Amy @ 12:20 pm

Facebook Feed Import Fail

When I changed the feed address for this site, I needed to update the new feed with Facebook, which would automatically pull in my blog posts and list them as “notes” on my facebook profile.

However, after I deleted the old feed and tried to replace it with the new feed address, I kept getting this error message:

Import Failed
We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.

After searching various corners of the internet, I discovered that there are a multitude of people with this exact same problem and NOBODY seems to have come up with an answer, or even a workaround.

So I’m posting this to show how my problem was solved on the off-chance that someone who needs it finds it.

Granted, this is solution will only work for WordPress blogs, but there seem to be a good number of those who are having this issue.

What worked for me:

  1. Download, install and activate the Feed Facebook, Leave Facebook plugin
  2. On the Plugins page, click “URL of your feed for Facebook”
  3. Tell Facebook to import that feed (instructions here)

Not a perfect solution, but it works until Facebook can figure out how to fix the bugs in their feed importing system.

UPDATED TO ADD:

Well, not so sure it was a solution after all.  When I first saved the feed, it imported my latest blog posts.  However, it hasn’t imported the two posts (including this one) that I have written since the original import.  It looks as though I have replaced one problem with another.

Note from Management

Filed under: Blogging,Teh Internets,Website — Amy @ 9:45 am

Well, I did it.  Despite a few minor setbacks and an astonishingly slow internet connection (27 Kb/S YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME), the site has officially moved and is now a WordPress blog, once again. I’m still working on pieces like the blogroll and gallery, but for the most part it’s up and functional.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you were subscribed to our RSS Feed, you will need to change the feed address to the one listed at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to receive email notifications each time a new blog entry is posted, I recommend a service such as Feed My Inbox, which allows you to quickly subscribe to blogs without worrying about setting up and maintaining yet another account with another website.

Speaking of accounts, to make commenting here easier, I highly recommend Registering as a Subscriber.  That way your info can be stored so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you comment.

In other commenting news, we have a NEW! FEATURE! – If you’re logged into Facebook when visiting this site, you can quickly and easily comment here using your Facebook profile.  No logging in, no re-typing your info, etc.  You’re welcome.

Speaking of Facebook, it appears that the New! Facebook! has issues – specifically, importing (or not) blog posts in the Notes feed.  Apparently that feature is nonfunctional so until I find a workaround, if you’re used to seeing my blog post notifications in your News Feed, that won’t happen anymore since the feed address has changed.  I’m simply too lazy to manually link every post to Facebook each time I write them.

So that’s about it.  Have a look around and let me know if you see anything that looks amiss.  Thanks!

Projects

Filed under: Blogging,Hobbies,Television,Website — Amy @ 5:30 pm

I’ve been working on a few little projects lately, which have been eating up most of my spare time.

For one thing, I’m planning another overhaul of this website. Changing operating systems, servers, etc. The new site is just about ready to launch and I like it, but more importantly it will make things easier on me in the future. I’m leaving EE and going back to WordPress, which is not the easiest thing to do, but I think the benefits will outweigh the pain in the butt that the migration has been.

Also, I’m making bows. Lots and lots of hair bows. And handmade cards. I’ve entered my first craft fair, the Nutcracker Craft Faire here in Homer. I keep hearing people talk about it, so I thought I’d give it a shot and maybe make a little money for Christmas gifts. At least, I was hoping that would be the case, but I’m finding that crafting is so expensive that I’m going to have to sell a lot of bows and cards to make any profit at all.

On the bright side, the craft work is giving me something to do with my hands while Jens and I catch up on Lost in the evenings. I hate being idle while watching TV. We just finished Season 5 so I guess we should start looking for a new series to start when we get through Season 6. Any suggestions?

Homer Photo Contest

Filed under: Photography — Amy @ 2:25 pm

Well, there’s no actual “prize” per se, but they will use my photo in next season’s tourist catalog.

Homer Wildlife Photo Contest Winner

Filed under: Homer,Nature,News,Photography,Photos — Amy @ 4:35 pm

Hey guess what?  This photo won the Wildlife category of the Homer Photo Contest, an annual amateur photo contest run by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.  At least, I think it was this photo – the man from the CoC said it was an eagle landing on the beach and I think this was the only one I submitted that fits that description.

Honestly, I entered the contest several months ago and don’t remember which photos I entered, or exactly what the “prize” is – but I believe they use the winning photos in the tourist magazine for the following season.  So it looks like one of my eagles will make it into real, live, bona fide PRINT.

I’ll add more detail when I talk to the man from the Chamber of Commerce, which should be sometime next week.

Been a While

Filed under: Blogging,Internet,Peaves — Amy @ 3:41 pm

It has been a very eventful few weeks, and mid-summer took its toll on our household.  In addition to multiple illnesses, injuries and trips to the ER, we recently lost a member of our household:

RIP

I returned from a great Fourth of July weekend in Seldovia to find that good old Dell had given up the ghost.  I took it to the local repair man in desperation.  As an indication of how that diagnosis went, he gave me a huge discount on his time because he “felt sorry for” me.

Dell was, indeed, toast.

I fretted about this for several days because in addition to the inconvenience of having to use my phone for all internet-related things, and being completely unable to download, edit or do anything with any of my photos (!!!), I had just scored my first paying graphic design job since moving here and would be unable to complete work without a computer and the rather expensive set of software being held hostage on my dead machine.

Long story short, with the help an early Christmas gift (thanks Mom & Dad!) and an educational discount (thanks Adobe!) I was able to score myself one awesome computer (thanks, Apple!) that I have been quite pleased with.

Unfortunately, my new toy arrived on the same day that my parents did, so I haven’t had time to do much more than take it out of the box and occasionally sneak upstairs to pet it for a few minutes at a time.  Therefore, I am severely behind in … well, pretty much everything.  Pictures, blogging, software, work, editing, migrating files, etc.

I am still getting used to the way Mac handles files and have found iPhoto to be quite useful, except for the part where it pulls all my photos into the program and won’t let me access them outside of iPhoto.  It’s reminiscent of iTunes and makes me wish Apple didn’t have such a proprietary outlook on things that are mine.

My plan is to do some updating more in the next few days.  My parents left today and I’m already missing them, but this should keep me busy in the meantime.

Up and Running

Filed under: Blogging,Peaves — Amy @ 12:05 pm

Oh look!  We’re back online, after half a day of trying to figure out why my site had disappeared into the black hole of cyberspace.  That was fun.  Except for the part where IT WASN’T.

Progress

Filed under: Blogging — Amy @ 9:41 pm

I did it!  I finally got through the hundreds of unread blog entries that had accumulated in my feed reader during our move. 

Ok, so I MAY have clicked “Mark All As Read” for a few of them but IT WASN’T YOURS, I SWEAR.

Changes

Filed under: Blogging,Moving,Such is Life — Amy @ 12:48 pm

You might notice that it looks a little different around here. You might also notice that it’s almost Valentine’s Day and it took me this long to get rid of the Christmas layout.  Judging by that timetable, I decided against the Valentine’s or even Spring layout, since it would probably be the 4th of July before I took it down.

So you get the generic.

It’s supposed to snow here Thursday.  I don’t mind the snow itself, but I do mind the way the whole city shuts down because of it.  We probably won’t have Mother’s Day Out because people are too afraid to drive in those “hazardous weather conditions.”

This morning it was 29° when I dropped the kids off and I kid you not, people were slowing down to 5 mph to go over a 3-foot patch of ice in the road.  The straight, flat, road, I might add.

Speaking of ice and snow, we’re seriously considering moving to Alaska.  Yeah, I know.  We’re probably insane.

If all goes according to plan, we would arrive in Homer, Alaska by the beginning of April and stay for at least a year.  There are a lot of factors that the move is dependent on, though.  For instance, we need to rent our current house out for a 1-year term at close to the same price that we’ll be paying for the rental house in Alaska.  Does anybody need a 4 bedroom house with a game room, media room, study, and sun room?  If so, let us know!

There’s also the matter of actually GETTING to Alaska.  We’ll have to drive, because we will need to take some of our belongings, but there’s no way the kids, pets or our current vehicles could survive a 7-day road trip through the desolate mountains of Canada.  So we have to figure out some way to fly the kids and pets there, in addition to trading in our current vehicles for something that has low mileage and 4WD.  I never thought I would drive a Hummer, but it might come to that.

So IF we get the house rented and IF we scrape together the funds to make the drive and flights, THEN there’s the pre-move yard sales, boxing up everything that’s left, and putting it into storage.

Chances are, we’re going to be very busy over the next couple of months.  If you don’t hear from us, that’s probably why.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Filed under: Blogging — Amy @ 8:26 pm

Why yes, it DOES look different around here…

Jens has this thing about not starting the “Christmas Season” until after his birthday, which is usually a couple of days after Thanksgiving.

Up until this point, I’ve been pretty accommodating… but this year?

My Christmas blog design is going up early.

I AM SUCH A REBEL.

It’s been a while since I’ve put together a blog design in Expression Engine.  I hope the entries still show up in everyone’s feed reader.  That’s the thing about EE – it’s highly customizable but it seems that everything you do affects everything else.

So anyway, let me know if you see anything wonky going on.

Also, I bought Kaelin a Christmas tree for her room.  We’ll see how long before the big tree gets put up in the living room.  She’s on my side now wink

Pavement?  Meet my Face.  Glad we’re friends now.

Filed under: Hobbies,Milestones — Amy @ 5:43 pm

So I’ve been jogging lately.  It’s a good form of exercise, a good way to relieve stress, and a good way to push myself into doing something I never thought I was capable of.

See, I’m not a runner.  Actually, I think it’s safe to say that I’m not an ATHLETE.  I can’t think of a single sport in high school P.E. that I remotely excelled in.  Swimming, maybe, but that’s because most of the girls in my class were pretty bad swimmers.

But I’ve always hated running.  In high school, we had to run a mile each week during P.E. It took everything I had to make it around that 1/4-mile track ONE time.  I usually felt that my lungs were going to give out on me afterward, despite the fact that I had walked about 3/4 of the mile.  My personal best time was 12+ minutes, and I remember being pretty near death after that one.

The other thing that has always prevented me from running is the fact that I have bunions, so I can’t use my big toes too much or else it’s hard to walk the next day.

Today, I ran a mile.  An entire one.  Without stopping, even once.  My time was somewhere around 11 minutes, according to the clock on my iPhone.

And when I finished that mile, I continued to run 2 more miles, walking only about 15% of the time.

Now, I know an 11+ minute mile isn’t anything spectacular.  This guy I know just ran a 5K in under half an hour, while pushing 2 kids in a stroller.  But I couldn’t help thinking how at almost 30 years old, and 20 pounds heavier, I’m apparently in better shape (muscle-wise, anyway) than I was in high school.

And how even at this stage in life, I can push myself to accomplish something that I used to believe I would never be capable of.

As always, my moment of glory passed quickly.  Shortly into mile #2, I tripped over a ridge in the sidewalk and totally ATE IT on the pavement.  As in, belly flop onto the ground – my knees never got the chance to catch me.  My hands, thigh and lifeline iPhone paid the price.  As did my pride.

I never did that in high school either.  I guess some things do get worse with age.

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Hi. I'm Amy. I started this website in 2005 as a place to deposit my journal and photos. It has gone through a few incarnations and masquerades as a family site, but since I'm the only one who contributes to it, it's really all about ME, ME, ME.

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