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Beach House -- We're BACK!

We didn't get our early start that we'd hoped for, which made Marilyn a little crazy, but we did get down to our beach house. And that's what counts! It's always so nice to come here.

We did have friend green tomatoes (with reds and zucchini) for dinner last night, by the way. A lovely treat. We probably won't get them too many more times this season.

Tonight we went shopping at our local Safeway. The only real grocery in Seaside is Safeway, which is fine. But Safeway as far from the best customer service. It's not about the individual clerks, who I think are good. It's about store policy and attitude. You can't blame the employees when there's only one person doing check-outs for the entire store, for example...

We can go to Fred Meyer, but it's quite a distance -- twenty minutes away (one way). So we go there less frequently.

Anyway, we got Greek olives with feta cheese and some sliced pepper jack cheese and made a feast of those for our dinner tonight. Nice!

We did go and walk on the beach in the dark. The tide was way out, so it was quite a walk to get to the waves! The fog was starting to roll in and there was the smell of fires on the beach. Lovely.

We could really hear the ocean in the house when we got back -- even with all the windows closed! I know most people would probably be shocked that we hear it so clearly, considering we're not right near the sea by a long shot. But you really hear it -- especially at night for some reason. (Probably because there's less traffic and the kids are asleep and not making noise outside like they do during the day.)

The cats just continue to love being here. It's hard to say how you can tell that, but they seem to be so content -- just the way we are.

One sour note for today. Remember the IT from yesterday that went so well? Apparently the GreaterGiving software didn't install correctly after all. I had to put Kris on fixing it. He wasn't thrilled, but I wasn't changing my beach plans with Marilyn to go to the office...

Kris contacted me that GreaterGiving wasn't open to provide support, so that will have to happen on Monday. I hope he plans to get on that! I didn't actually speak to him -- he just left me messages about it...

Disappointing, anyway. But I'm not letting it bother my weekend.

Mitch is very much on my mind these days. I find myself thinking about him a lot...

Tomorrow we have sister Sue, Nicole, Ulises (Nicole's BF) -- and maybe Candy -- coming down. Sort of a surprise, to be honest. We were expecting Sue, but everybody else was last minute... I'm sure we'll all have fun.

We're heading to bed soon, as Marilyn wants to get a walk in tomorrow morning...


Good Day at the Office -- Both for IT and Website Work!

I had a very successful day at the festival office today! (woo hoo) One of my better days, ever, actually...

I got significant IT done before noon (!!!), including the project to update all the Auction software (and the database) prior to our upcoming Auction. We use GreaterGiving, and it seems to need an annual upgrade. Last year this was a huge issue. I'm not kidding! And I was dealing with it at the last minute, too. Now I know how to fix it for future years -- and it really didn't take all that long, either...

Kris came to the office by 9:30 (even though he was on the phone until past 10:00). He wasn't even there an hour today.

Aside from that, I got the software installed on the laptop that needed doing, moved the IFEA Auction database back to the Server and installed the new wireless mouse on Rich's computer. (Rich's computer needs a new power supply installed -- I hope to get Donn on that next week...)

Other than IT work, I also got a bunch of website updates done -- for both the festival website and the RHSAA website, too! I was worried I'd be doing the Court updates over the weekend, as they needed to be in place by October 1. This is the earliest we've ever had them done, so that's a good deal! Way to go, Ashley -- and way to go, me! (grin)

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Well, I feel like reading and am tired, so I'm off to lie down and read. I'll probably drift off, though. (smile)

"Remington Steele" tonight was one of our fave episodes. We'll enjoy it less when there's no Murphy Michaels, as we really liked that character...

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Work at the Festival Office...

I was late getting to work today. Marilyn knew I was fighting off a bug, so she let me sleep in. I phoned sister Sue when I got up and she took me down town. I came in to Staff meeting about half-way through, but better late than not at all.

I got a bunch of IT done today. Mainly I took care of Christie's computer issues. She's now back to 'normal' -- or back to where she was more than a month ago (finally). I have a very specific way I set up all the computers in the office. I like them all as identical as possible, which makes it easier for me and anyone else who is doing support -- and it helps the users to be able to function a lot easier, too. So I have a certain way the Task Bar will look and the Desktop and Systray and so on. We're still operating on WinXP, using Firefox as our browser-of-choice.

Anyway, I spent part of the day working on the banner for the next eNewsletter, which will hopefully go out this Thursday. The banner turned out nice, if I do say so myself! (You can view it HERE if you're interested...)

We went directly to the store after work, getting home around 8:30 p.m., I think. I know "Remington Steele" was already on, anyway. (smile) We watched the very end, so I'm thinking it could have been closer to 9:00... Then we watched an episode of "The Mod Squad" from our DVR.

Saw the new show "Vegas." (Marilyn was asleep during most of it.) Not sure if I like it or not. It kept me interested, anyway.

I should be finishing up the News item that needs to be at the website first thing tomorrow. But I think I'll wait and do it first thing in the morning, instead. I'm tired tonight and don't feel like doing more work right now.

I have a dental appointment tomorrow. Probably another root canal, unless I have her do something else first. Sister Sue will drop me off early on her way to pick up Nicole from school, I think. (Of course, maybe not. Sue told Marilyn that Nicole has been riding the school bus home when she gets out of classes, so maybe that's a moot point now.)

Marilyn went with Sue to see her doctor yesterday. Exercise actually can HELP Sue's breathing (woo hoo), so she's being encouraged to exercise more. Previously there was some question about her trying to exercise -- so Marilyn made a point of asking about it. Anything that can make life better for Sue is great by Marilyn and me!

Yahoo! Mail apparently has a current issue with hackers. I had to reset my password today -- and give a phone number where Yahoo! could send some code to make it all work. Seriously? What if you don't WANT to give out a phone number? What then??? (sigh) They forced me to use the 'new' version, rather than Classic Mail (which I'd been promised I could keep). I was pissed beyond belief, especially as I've had a PAID Yahoo account for years now. People keep saying to switch to another email and I guess maybe I should really think about it.

Kris is coming in on Friday so he and I can do the Auction software update -- which has been hanging over my head. I'll be glad to get that done!

Well, I think I'll lie down. Either have a nap or go to sleep for the night. I'm beat. I hope I'm not getting a cold. The neighbors across the street have had the flu, apparently -- and Doug said bugs were flying around. Great to hear. Not!

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Different Day, More IT...

Marilyn and I were at the office by 7:30 a.m. today. Yeah, it was hard getting up -- but SHE is amazing! She just drives herself no matter how tired she is...

Marilyn was beat last night. She worked until past 7:00 p.m. again and had another hard day. (Which has been true for her all this week, actually.) The book project is on major deadline and simply couldn't happen without her input! (Both in the selection of photos and in writing captions.)

Me, today? It's about more IT! (surprise)

I brought the new laptop in and set up our auction software on it (the GreaterGiving program). Then I moved the actual database there. I had to phone the GreaterGiving support people to get this done correctly, by the way. I'd assumed I could put the database pretty much anywhere, then point to it, but that wasn't the case. It's clearly different on a stand-alone computer than on a network, where I can place the data on any drive and in any folder...

I met with Ashley more than once and made sure she was comfortable with the new machine and using the auction software ONLY there -- and not on her networked computer! The minute I put it from the network to the laptop it was converted (to the latest version of the software), so it's even more complicated than just keeping the current data separate from the old data.

I wanted to update all the individual machines in here that were running GreaterGiving -- but you have to update the Server first. I tried that last year and failed, so I'm waiting on Kris. Hopefully he can SHOW ME HOW this year -- then I'll be able to do it alone from here on out. That would be groovy!

Then I worked on the 'new' machine we bought during the festival. I struggled to get it on the network (the process is completely different than it was in the past when I used to do it all the time and knew it like the back of my hand). I finally got it added, then of course couldn't navigate to the server drives. (sigh) So I hunted down the batch file (it took me ages to find it!) and copied it over so it was available on the new machine. Then I had to remember how to add it to the start up, which I haven't done in years, I swear. (Or it seems like years, anyway.) Finally I got that done, so it would get the computer pointed where it needed to be.

Now I'm STUCK on trying to add printers. I got the Ricoh (our copy machine) added okay, but not the other two machines. (big sigh) Not for want of trying, though! Where the HELL the actual drivers are, I have no clue. But I tried tons of drivers per each printer to no avail...

Meanwhile I hunted for photos for Marilyn (no go -- I didn't have the cool photo she wanted) and tried to help her when she had an error regarding some data she didn't save but needed to. There should be some way to avoid this issue better, that's for sure...

Kris was originally coming in this morning. Nope, he ran long. Then he told me 2:30. It's now AFTER 3:00 p.m. (surprise) and he's still not here. I wouldn't mind so much, but I'm starving and don't dare leave to get a bite -- if he shows and I'm not here it's going to be ugly...

So I have three things on my list for him, now, rather than two. I hope he's going to get here and get them DONE for me. I'm in a real bind.

Marilyn and I both knew this would be a long, hard day before it ever started. I'm sure it's all going to turn out well, but we need to hang in there. I wish I could have helped her -- I felt bad for her problem! I certainly hope Kris can help ME, as I'm up that creek without a paddle right now.

You'd think I was an idiot, I swear! I used to be able to do more of this stuff. I'm happy for what I can still do, but still! Damn, it's frustrating. Seriously.

I'm ... hungry ... and ... slightly ... cranky. But fighting it. Marilyn and I have promised ourselves a TREAT at the end of today -- it we're good! So I'm going to ignore the cranky part. Christine laughed when I said Kris was due at 2:30 -- and told me I had an hour to wait, at least. Well, it's been more than 40 minutes since I expected him now.

Oh! Just got a text message. He's STILL at his 1:00 appointment (which I don't think was CLOSE to our office). That's great news (not). He's now saying 5:00 or LATER. Great. Just terrific...

All I want is for him to do all the tasks I need today. But I need to MANAGE that -- IT Manager is the title and managing the work is what I do, after all. (sigh)

On that note, I'm off to look for food, I think. I don't know what, but something. Crap. (big sigh)

I promise my NEXT entry will not be about IT! Hahahahahaha. Right.