Wednesday, April 16, 2014

That time my computer crashed and I lost everything...

This is the sad story of how I spent two weeks with my German host family here in California showing them around my hometown and then travelling the Californian Coast up to Oregon and finally into Portland...and have no pictures to show for it.

How I spent a week in Lake Tahoe with my family for our annual summer trip...and have absolutely no pictures to show for it.

And finally how I spent a long weekend in the beautiful city of Chicago to celebrate my great-grandmother's 100th Birthday and pictures.


Right before Christmas I was working on my gifts for my students and their parents, [personalized photo calendars] and when I went to print out their quotes I heard a "zap" type of sound and then that was laptop would not turn back on.  I could have taken care of it right away, but since procrastination is key with me [side-eye] I didn't take it in tot he store until precisely three weeks ago.  When they told me they'd have to send it into the manufacturer I was also told that it shouldn't effect my hard drive.  But of course, they restored it to it's factory settings. 
Since I prepared myself for the worse, I'm handling it better than expected.  I can pay a pretty penny for a data recovery, but it may not work.  Since I am going to Palm Springs this weekend, I'll deal with recovery attempts when I get home.  For now, iphone pictures will just have to suffice :)

That being said, some things that I'll be blogging about in the near future:

 Giants games...of course ;)

Christmas festivities


summer 2013

and all of life's little happenings along the way...
fingers crossed I get the pictures back and if not...lesson learned! 
From now on I will be backing up the hard drive weekly.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

i'm still here

A year since my last posting, a long time of neglect for this little corner of the internet. 
I find it rather comical, yet unsurprising that my last post was a determination to blog everyday in the month of May and yet here I am, almost 12 months later. There could be a million reasons, a million excuses, a million promises to myself and anyone still reading that I will be back to regular posting here but let's be honest, a lot has changed in my life. This space was once filled with my travels and daily life in Germany, and later consisted of everyday musings of life back home in California. I had a vision of what I wanted in life, of who I was going to be, where I would be, and who I would be spending my days with. But, things changed, as they always do. It is the one constant in life and I have become very okay and happy with where my life is now.  Lately I have been struggling with the future of this blog and how I would fit in my desire to write and share my life in a space that is not as relevant as it used to be. Do I delete the blog? Do I start over with a new one? There were pros and cons to each scenario and in the end I decided that I want to be here, I want to keep sharing my story and I want to keep the history of this blog available at least for me, for my own memories. I enjoy the connections I have with readers, with other bloggers, some that have become real life friends, so I am here, and I am going to blog again.

Obviously this blog needs some updates, mostly personal information about my life and its changes, but more so I have become aware of what I want to do with my free time and future and instead of focusing on a certain topic or trying to please people, I'm just going to go with the flow as you will in terms of what I'll be writing about and sharing. 

Maybe this is ending up to be a random run on of thoughts and that's alright.  Lately the idea of starting to blog again has been weighing heavily on my mind and even just typing this now feels like a good start.

I still have a love and need for travel, even in the small form of day trips around California.  But other passions I've been investing time into include, decor and design, scrapbooking, cooking, DIY-ing, and living frugally. I say this because I want to remember this stuff but also because I am sure this is where most of these new posts will be headed.

So, to end one of the most jumbled and random posts ever, I am still here, still wanting to share, and keep these connections going. Hopefully you will all stick around for the next chapter :)

p.s. Happy Opening Day! Go Giants!