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1 year . . . December 23, 2013

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Our little guy turned one on the 21st.  I still can’t believe that it has been a year.  The time has flown by so fast and our little guy has grown and changed so much!  He is such a joy and we are so blessed.  I will sit down and write more about the birthday party and also Christmas when things calm down around here.  Probably this weekend.  Thanks to all of you for following our journey and for sharing in our joy.

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penguins (pinterest challenge) . . . December 18, 2013

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As I have posted, our little guy is turning one this Saturday (YIKES!).  I have been preparing the house and goodies for the party and I have a few more things to do before Saturday but I have one thing marked off my list.  With the Winter ONE-derland theme, I saw this item on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect.  I am posting this because I was inspired by A Wee Nest’s 12 DIY Pins of Pinterest Challenge she has been doing during the month of December.  Even though I did not participate in the monthly challenge I did actually find this on Pinterest so I am counting this as one Pin completed! 🙂 

Here is the original Pinterest post.  And here are my finished penguins.  I am so pleased at how these turned out!  For the most party they were pretty easy.  The trickiest part is stuffing them with creme cheese.  I used Jumbo-sized olives for the body and medium for the head.  I don’t like olives but I know most of the guests do so I think they will enjoy them and get a kick out of them as well. 

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throwback thursday . . .technology September 19, 2013

Filed under: throwback thursday,Uncategorized — nowandevermore @ 5:49 PM

So last week I posted about the Commodore 64 and got to thinking it might be fun to talk about other technological items that I have used during my lifetime.  Growing up my Mom had a rotary phone.  I remember it seemed like it would take forever to dial a phone number.   Not so bad if there were low numbers but if there were 7’s, 8’s and 9’s geez!  Waiting for that dial to get back around!  LOL  My Mom had this one in her bedroom (she actually rented it from the phone company – and when she decided to upgrade her phones I remember she had to take it back to one of the stores because she did not own it – how funny is that?).  I would go in there to talk to some of my friends after school, because I could sit on her bed.

Other wise I had to use this one hanging on the kitchen wall.  Or we also had one of these in the basement.  You couldn’t walk very far because of the cord.  Boy was I happy when we finally got cordless phones!  🙂

WORKING- White Rotary Wall Phone

It seems like everywhere you go now everyone is on a cell phone.  What did we do before cell phones?  We actually paid attention to our surroundings when we drove our cars.  We talked to the person sitting across from us at the dinner table instead of keeping our head down in our phone.  We actually talked on the regular phones to people instead of texting.  Well, when I started graduate school, all they offered were evening classes.  So for safety I got a car phone.  Yes a car phone, not a cell phone.  This is what it looked like.  It plugged into my cigarette outlet (yes back in those days there was a cigarette lighter in most cars, not the power outlet it is today).  It was in a bag and not portable.  It stayed in the car.  So if I needed it while I was walking to my car, too bad.  It served it’s purpose.  Today I have a cell phone.  I still do not have a smart phone.  Although I am sure the time is coming soon.  I usually tell people I have a dumb phone.  I don’t really use it to text either.  Once in a while I might send hubby and “I love you” text, but we don’t have texting in our plan, so honestly I don’t even do that too much.  It amazes me how much people text.  Like I said before, what did we do before cell phones?  We survived!  But how?  What is so important that has to posted on your Facebook page the moment you show up at the mall.  I find it humorous sometimes to see people “check in” at various places during the day.  Frankly I don’t want people to know where I am all the time.  I don’t even talk about when we go on vacation.  I think just because I don’t want someone to find out we aren’t at home.  Probably because growing up our house was broken into a couple of times and I don’t want to give anyone a heads up that the house is empty and ripe for the picking.  But that is just me.  To each their own. 🙂

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Does anyone remember Colecovision from the early 80s? It was a game console.  I don’t think it was very popular, but we had one.  My brother and I saved up our allowance (my brother also had a part-time job) to buy one with our own money.  It was $100 and my brother chipped in $75 and I chipped in $25.  That was all I could afford.  It was so fun to play.  My favorite game was Q-bert!  Ahhh . . . the memories.  ON a side note – I remember the 1st time I saw the name “Donkey Kong.”  I was in the car with my mom and we drove by a bowling alley and on the marquee it said “we now have Donkey Kong.”  I remember it vividly and thought to myself, “what a weird name.  I wonder what that is.”  LOL

lQ*bert - Colecovision Cover & Box Art

Here is one that goes back to grade school – late 70s, early 80s.  Who remembers the mimeograph?  Our teachers would give us handouts (tests, etc) and immediately we would smell them.  They had this smell to them that was intoxicating for some reason.  Weird I know.  They would also feel slightly damp from just coming off the presses.

Mimeograph Machine! Can you smell the ink? Sometimes they would still be damp when given to us!

When I started middle school and we had to start doing papers, I actually used the old-fashioned typewriter.  Something I wonder if my son will ever use in his lifetime.  Probably not.  But I typed many a paper on one.  And you had better hope you didn’t make a mistake or you had to try to use correction tape.  White out was used sometimes, but if you were impatient and didn’t let it dry all the time, you had a real mess.

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Then when I was in high school we had a computer and I was able to type my papers on that.  I used Word Perfect and honestly I can’t remember if there was even spell check at the time.  But when I went top print the papers we used our dot-matrix printer.  Remember those?  The paper had edges that had holes in them so that the paper would feed into the printer.  It was all attached together and when you were finished you got to tear the sides off and separate each piece of paper.  It was a real mess if the paper didn’t feed right.  The edge would tear off and then you would have to tear off a sheet or two of the paper and try to feed it again.  I am sure I wasted a tree or two in my time. 😦

Pictures of  Epson LX-800 Dot Matrix Printer

Along those lines was the fax machine.  Remember the rolls of thermal paper that you used for faxes?  The fax would come out and the paper would just roll up.  I didn’t get too many of those faxes, but I was glad when they came out with better fax machines that use regular paper.

And finally music.  I am sure most people remember record albums.  They have actually started making a comeback.  I remember growing up and every Christmas we would get all of the Christmas records out and play them.  That is some of my fondest memories.

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Then of course we had 8-track tapes.  My Mom had one in her 1982 Chevy Cavalier.  She gave me the car my senior year of highschool (1989-90) and at that time I did not have any 8-track tapes.  So I was able to get an adapter to listen to my regular cassette tapes.   Now of course there are CDs and most recently digital downloads.

Photo of Retro vintage Sparkomatic 8-track cassette tape adaptor #2

Wow, it is really something to look back at how far technology has come over the course of the last 30 or so years.  What are we going to see in the next 30 years?  Stay tuned. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

P.S.  Sorry for the formatting of the pictures.  Not sure why it looks the way it does.

 

new assignment . . . August 25, 2013

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It is no secret that I love to watch TV.  Years ago, I was very loyal to a few shows and I watched them religiously.  I loved “ER,” “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and was sad to see those shows end.  But when one show ends it just makes room for another new show.  Every new TV season I am always curious to see what new shows they come out with and whether or not they will grab my interest.  I think nowadays we are inundated with “reality TV.”  I do watch my fair share.  I think for me it started with “Survivor.”  I believe I have watched every season, although I don’t get upset anymore if I miss a show or 2.  I LOVE “Amazing Race” and never miss those shows.  I have also watched “American Idol,” although again, if I miss a show, I don’t really care and honestly I didn’t really watch much of last season’s show.  Being married to someone in the music business, there is so much they don’t tell you about “making it.”  So many young people think that all they have to do is be in the right place at the right time or they will get discovered on TV.  It simply does not happen that way!  It is a lot of HARD work!  That is why most musicians end up teaching.  My husband actually performs full-time which is a rarity.    Anyway, I am getting off topic,

With the evolution of cable and the popularity of cable networks coming up with their own series, there is a lot more out there to choose from.  And in addition, some of the cable networks started broadcasting their tv “seasons” during the summer.  Made sense to me, as the major network’s season went from September to May.  What were we to watch in the summer?  Reruns?   It seems as though this season CBS has caught on to this trend with their show “Under the Dome.”    This is a show based on a Stephen King novel.

I have always been a fan of Stephen King.  It started when I was about 12 years old.  I got the book “Pet Sematary.”

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I loved that book and it got me hooked!  I would read it every night before bed and it is a wonder that I was able to sleep!  I did not have a bedside lamp.  So I would use the overhead light to read.  When it was time to go to sleep, I had to get out of the bed to turn the light off.  As soon as I flicked the switch, I leaped about 3 feet into bed.  Why?  Because I just knew Churchill was under the bed!  (that is the cat from the story and on the cover of the book).  I know it is silly, but I was 12.  Once I finished that book I read more.  All told, I think I have read 14-15 of his books and of course I have seen a lot of his movies, if not most of them.  There are a few books of his that I have in my collection that I have not yet started to read.  Life happens and I put that on the back burner.  Most of the books I have read lately have been pregnancy related and most recently, baby related.

Fast forward to a few weeks back, when “Under the Dome” started on television.  I got my hubby interested in watching it with me.  Not sure if he is really interested or he just wants to spend time with me.  He does watch some TV with me, usually “Seinfeld” reruns and occasionally he will watch some “reality” tv, but by the end of those shows we are both so disgusted by the lack of reality and the obvious fakeness it is nice to watch something that is just for fun.

A week ago or so hubby read that “Under the Dome” had been renewed for a 2nd season to commence next summer.  It got him to thinking.  He wondered that in the case of a television series based on a book, how would they go about telling the story each season, not knowing if they will have subsequent seasons.    As it turns out, I was looking in my Amazon.com shopping cart the other day.  When I see something I am interested in, I add it to my cart and usually come back to it later and decide if I really want it.  I am not a spontaneous buyer, I like to think things through.  So I was looking through my items and I saw that I had added the book probably shortly after it came out in 2009, well before the TV series was even talked about.  So hubby thought it would interesting to see how the book was in comparison to the show.  I was up for the challenge of reading it.  Like, I said I have always been a fan and it would be nice to just read something for fun, since it has been so long since I had.

The book was delivered Friday and I was quite surprised at how big it was.  It is 1072 pages, 2 inches thick and that is the paperback!  Seeing the book sit on my desk, I can’t help but feel that excited feeling each time I would get yet another Stephen King book to read.  I love how I am drawn into the story and find it hard to put the book down.  So my plan is to start reading it today.  I am intrigued at how the story is presented in the book versus how it will play out on TV.  At 1,072 pages, it just might take me until the end of season 2 to finish it.  🙂006Thanks for reading!

 

wordless wednesday . . . July 24, 2013

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Joining the blogging world… October 23, 2011

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Well, I decided to give this blogging thing a try.  Not even sure if this post is going to work, but thought I would see if I can get the “bugs” worked out before I officially “begin this journey”.  Not sure who is going to read this or even if anyone is going to read it.  I think it is more about helping me cope with things going on in life.  So to those of you reading, I hope I don’t bore you and thanks for stopping by.